SCIF’s Monday announcement that it will not be increasing its comp rates at this time puts added focus and pressure on Steve Poizner. The State Compensation Insurance Fund announcement follows rate filings by a number of insurers (including Chubb) who plan to reduce comp insurance rates even further. The Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau has

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Human behavior is a fascinating thing. People lining up in the dead of night outside electronics stores for a chance to stampede for teaser deals. Long haul truckers taking philosophy classes downloaded into their iPods off of iTunes. We’re all writers and editors now. There’s an encyclopedia-Wikipedia.org-that everyone, everywhere is free to create and edit.

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It’s Thanksgiving. Being a lawyer has been good to me and most of my colleagues in the workers’ comp field. But perks? The workers’ comp industry doesn’t have many perks. Yes, the occasional A’s game ticket. And periodic educational junkets and forums. Not much else. You can only use so many pens and hi-liters from

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Hey, it’s the weekend and my mind works in strange ways. Remember the 1950s/1960s Japanese monster films, many of which are now cult classics? Mothra vs. Godzilla was in 1962:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mothra_vs._Godzilla I couldn’t help thinking of those classic monster films this week as I saw ACOEM doing battle with IJOEH in the press. The battle of

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A unanimous California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board has issued its decision in Joey Costa vs. Hardy Diagnostic and State Compensation Insurance Fund. Here’s the link to the decision:http://www.dir.ca.gov/WCAB/EnBancdecisi … 7-EB-8.pdf The decision (Costa “2”) affirms the right of applicant attorneys to use vocational experts/labor market experts to rebut the permanent disability rating schedule. But who

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