156 Workers' compensation articles


Employer assessment fee reduction set
 Dec. 4, 2014

Manufacturers should notice a dip in their workers’ compensation premium payments. The drop is due to a reduction in the Workers’ Compensation Premium Assessment (WCPA) fee that the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) announced last ...
California again ranked most expensive state for workers' compensation
 Oct. 9, 2014

As San Francisco Giant fans celebrate their return to the National League Championship Series (apologies to Los Angeles Dodger fans), shouts of “We’re #1!” reverberate across Northern California. However, another top ranking for ...
Workers’ comp bill in play as policy committee deadline nears
 June 26, 2014

While limited in scope to hospital workers’ that contract Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (the MRSA virus), AB 2616 (Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley) would create a legal presumption for private sector employees for the first time, ...
Workers' Comp Conf., July 16-18
 May 15, 2014

Each year, the California Coalition on Workers’ Compensation (CCWC) unites employers with the most renowned experts and service providers in the industry: people who have been especially chosen for their ability to inform, teach, enlighten, ...
Infographics: California work comp costs and status of reforms
 April 30, 2014

California has historically been a high-cost state for workers' compensation. For several years, these costs have been escalating, and the latest numbers show these trends continued into 2012 (the last full year for which system-wide ...
Legislators learn about Workers' Compensation
 April 17, 2014

On April 2 a coalition of employers and workers’ compensation providers gathered in Sacramento to meet with dozens of state legislators to bring them up-to-date on implementation of SB 863, the major reform bill passed in 2012.  SB 863 ...
Workers' Comp Lobby Day April 2, 2014, Sacramento
 March 6, 2014

Please join CMTA, the California Coalition on Workers’ Compensation and the Workers’ Compensation Action Network on Wednesday, April 2, for our 2014 Legislative Day in Sacramento. Each year, this high-impact event brings employers ...
More work to be done on Workers' Comp
 Feb. 28, 2014

In 2012 California began to implement SB 863 (Chapter 363, Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles) to increase permanent disability (PD) benefits for injured workers and to stem abuses and improve performance in the workers’ compensation system. ...
Cost impacts of 2012 Workers' Comp reform
 Nov. 8, 2013

On September 18, 2012, the Governor signed Senate Bill 863 into law. It increases benefits effective January 1, 2013 and January 1, 2014 and provides for a number of structural changes to the California workers’ compensation benefit delivery ...
Defending workers' compensation reform
 March 7, 2013

CMTA is opposed to SB 626 (Jim Beall, D-Campbell) which would roll back some of the biggest cost saving proposals in the reforms passed last year in SB 863 (Chapter Number 363, Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles). This bill would leave employers ...
Commissioner proposes workers' comp rate hike
 Dec. 7, 2012

Despite recent legislative reforms to the workers’ compensation system touting lower employer costs, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones (D) has recommended a rate increase to employer-paid workers’ comp premiums. In the ...
Unpacking workers' comp reform
 Oct. 25, 2012

The Workers' Compensation Action Network (WCAN) and the California Coalition on Workers’ Compensation (CCWA), both of which CMTA has board membership, recently hosted a webinar on SB 863 (Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles), the workers’ ...
Workers' comp reform in the works
 Aug. 30, 2012

CMTA supports SB 863 (Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles) to lower the cost of workers’ compensation while providing increased permanent disability benefits.  The bill must pass before close of session on Friday, August 31st, this ...
Hurried workers' comp reform in the works
 Aug. 10, 2012

Rising workers' compensation costs and Labor’s desire to see permanent disability benefit increases have put this important issue back on the table in Sacramento. A small group of labor groups and employers have been meeting in recent months ...
California Coaltion on Workers' Compensation Annual Conf.
 June 15, 2012

If you haven't registered yet, we invite you to join us for the "must attend" event of the year -- three days of preeminent educational sessions, engaging discussions and excellent networking opportunities -- all at the beautiful location ...
Workers' comp legislative days
 Feb. 3, 2012

2012 is shaping up to be a critical year for California's workers' compensation system, as policymakers look to control increasing costs, improve the delivery of benefits and prevent the system from sliding into another job-killing crisis. Don't let ...
Workers’ comp bill cost analysis challenged
 Aug. 26, 2011

According to the Senate Appropriations Committee, a bill authored by Assembly Insurance Chairman Jose Solorio (D-Santa Ana) could cost employers an additional $200-$210 million annually in workers’ compensation rates. AB 947 would increase ...
Work comp judge, Rosa Moran, sworn in as Administrative Director of DWC
 July 29, 2011

This week Rosa Moran was sworn in as the new Administrative Director (AD) of the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC). Rosa Moran, 50, of Oakland was recently appointed by Governor Brown to lead this important regulatory body that ...
Workers’ Comp Webinar
 June 24, 2011

The Latest from Sacramento June 28, 10am As a California employer, you know that what happens in Sacramento does NOT stay in Sacramento. Every day, California lawmakers are making decisions that affect your ability to create and retain jobs, ...
Workers’ comp apportionment bill will erode major cornerstone of previous reforms
 June 17, 2011

AB 1155 (Luis Alejo, D-Salinas), which undermines apportionment in the workers’ compensation system, was passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee three to two along party lines.  Although CMTA offered sensible amendments that would ...
Workers' comp apportionment bill passes Assembly insurance
 April 21, 2011

AB 1155 (Luis Alejo, D-Salinas), which undermines apportionment in the workers’ compensation system, was heard in the Assembly Insurance committee last week.   It was a lively debate with sponsors arguing that there is discrimination ...
Bill addresses confusing workers' comp notice requirements
 April 8, 2011

CMTA is supporting AB 335 (Jose Solorio, D-Anaheim) to clarify benefit notices that employers are required to provide to injured workers. The bill is in response to a study conducted by the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation ...
Register TODAY for 2011 Workers’ Compensation Leg Day
 March 3, 2011

CMTA will again join forces with the California Coalition of Workers’ Compensation and the Workers’ Compensation Action Network to host the annual Workers’ Compensation Legislative Day.   This year’s activities will ...
Save the dates – April 4 & 5
 Jan. 28, 2011

CMTA workers’ compensation legislative day CMTA will again host the annual Workers’ Compensation Legislative Day in Sacramento on April 4th and 5th. Co-hosting the event is the California Coalition of Workers’ Compensation, the ...
Applicant attorneys and teamsters join forces
 Jan. 21, 2011

The political landscape in the workers’ compensation system is changing.  Yesterday, Jan. 20th, the California Applicants Attorneys Association (CAAA) announced that they had signed an agreement that now affiliates them with the ...
DWC posts assessment rates for 2010-11
 Dec. 3, 2010

The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has posted the fiscal year 2010-2011 assessment rates for the Workers’ Compensation Administration Revolving Fund (WCARF) and other funds on its website. The assessments are authorized by Labor ...
Supreme court denies review in Guzman work comp case
 Nov. 18, 2010

Last week the California Supreme Court declined to review the 6th District Court of Appeal decision in the Milpitas USD vs. W.C.A.B. (Guzman) decision.  The Supreme Court’s action leaves standing the Appellate decision issued in August of ...
Free workers' comp webinar
 Nov. 5, 2010

The California Coalition of Workers’ Compensation (CCWC) and the Workers’ Compensation Action Network (WCAN) will be hosting a free webinar on November 17 for a discussion post election. CMTA Director Cynthia Leon is a Board Member and ...
Governor vetoes bad work comp bills
 Oct. 1, 2010

Once again Governor Schwarzenegger has stood strong behind the Workers’ Compensation System he helped to reform in 2004.  Two bills that would have weakened the system and added significant costs have been vetoed. AB 933 (Paul Fong, ...
CWCI reports on self-insured costs per claim
 Sept. 24, 2010

According to a recent California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) report, the number of workers’ comp claims filed by self-insured employers fell in 2009 but the amount paid for each claim increased on average. The self insured ...
Almaraz/Guzman decision to result in work comp increase
 Aug. 20, 2010

Thursday, August 19th, the Sixth District Court of Appeal released their decision on the Almaraz/Guzman case.  It affirmed the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board's decision in its entirety, which allows deviation from a strict application of ...
WCIRB recommends 29.6% pure premium hike
 Aug. 13, 2010

On Wednesday this week, the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) voted to recommend a 29.6% increase on California’s pure premium rate.  Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner has until January 1 to accept, modify or ...
Still time to register - Workers' Compensation Conference, July 21-23
 July 9, 2010

You can still join your friends and colleagues July 21-23 at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Newport Beach for the California Coalition on Workers’ Compensation’s (CCWC’s) 8th Annual Workers' Compensation Policy Conference. This ...
Workers' Comp Conference -- July 21-23
 May 28, 2010

Early Registration Drawing If you’re planning to join your friends and colleagues July 21-23, 2010 at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Newport Beach for the California Coalition on Workers’ Compensation’s (CCWC’s) 8th Annual ...
Special treatment would affect workers' comp costs
 May 7, 2010

This week the Assembly Appropriations Committee heard AB 1994 (Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley), a bill to expand workers’ compensation presumptions to hospital employees. Although this bill does not directly impact CMTA members it targets private ...
CMTA & others discuss workers’ comp. issues with legislators
 April 9, 2010

This year’s Workers’ Compensation legislative day, which CMTA co-sponsors, was a huge success. Over 75 business representatives participated in an afternoon briefing and all day meetings with over 90 legislative members and staff. ...
8th Annual Workers' Compensation Policy Conference
 March 12, 2010

Save-the-Date – July 21-23 Plan to join your friends and colleagues July 21-23, 2010 at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Newport Beach for the California Coalition on Workers’ Compensation’s (CCWC’s) 8th Annual Workers' ...
Register today for April 6 workers’ comp day
 March 5, 2010

Register (events.constantcontact.com/register/event) now and see agenda. CMTA, the California Chamber of Commerce, the Workers' Compensation Action Network, and the California Coalition on Workers' Compensation will host their annual Workers’ ...
Save the Date: CMTA Workers’ Comp Legislative Day April 5 and 6
 Dec. 18, 2009

  CMTA, the California Coalition of Workers’ Compensation, California the Chamber of Commerce and the Workers’ Compensation Action Network are once again hosting a Workers’ Compensation Legislative Day in Sacramento, April ...
Workers’ comp admin fees to increase dramatically
 Dec. 4, 2009

Last week, employers received their annual fee assessment to fund the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) operations for workers’ compensation. Employers were hit with a significant fee increase due to a combination of increased ...
DWC promulgates regs to reduce workers’ comp medical costs
 Nov. 6, 2009

The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) has proposed a 12-point plan specifically aimed at medical costs to streamline and improve the state's workers’ compensation system This regulatory plan “should help employers keep their costs ...
Study shows impact of recent workers' comp decisions will increase costs
 Oct. 23, 2009

Last week the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released a study that highlighted the potential impacts of the recent Almaraz/Guzman and Ogilvie rulings by the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB).  These decisions would ...
Insurance Commissioner to sue State over sale of SCIF
 Aug. 28, 2009

On Thursday morning, August 27th, Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner (R-Los Gatos) announced that he would file a lawsuit against the State, declaring that the sale of the State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF) assets is unconstitutional.  ...
Less workers’ compensation legislation
 June 5, 2009

After last week’s Appropriations hearings the number of bills related to workers’ compensation were minimized.  Among the bills held in the Appropriation Committee until next year were three opposed by CMTA:SB 773 (Darrell ...
Workers’ compensation legislative day April 14, 2009
 Feb. 27, 2009

Once again the California Manufacturers & Technology Association, in partnership with the California Chamber of Commerce, the California Coalition on Workers' Compensation, and Workers’ Compensation Action Network, will host the annual ...
New Workers’ Comp. Appointments
 Jan. 23, 2009

Many new appointments have been made to State Workers’ Compensation Boards, Commissions, etc. over the past few weeks.  Among them are two former legislators: Greg Aghazarian was appointed to the Worker's Compensation Appeals Board by ...
Permanent disability regulations delayed
 Oct. 22, 2008

At the annual Association of Workers’ Compensation Professionals’ Workers’ Compensation Conference recently, Carrie Nevans, the acting Administrative Director for the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC), announced that ...
DWC modifies QME regulations
 Oct. 16, 2008

The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) first introduced qualified medical evaluator (QME) regulations in January of 2008.  This week DWC proposed modifications. Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Oct. 30.The amended regulations ...
Court of Appeals upholds workers’ comp. chiropractic cap
 June 6, 2008

Once again, a California court has upheld provisions of the 2004 Workers’ Compensation reforms.  The 1st District Court of Appeals’ published on Monday, June 2, their decision in Facundo-Guerrero v. Workers’ Compensation ...
DWC proposes changes to permanent disability rating schedule
 May 15, 2008

On Friday, May 9th, the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) released the much anticipated proposal for changes to the Permanent Disability Rating Schedule (PDRS). The new regulations will increase benefits for injured workers by an average ...
John Duncan confirmation to DIR held by Perata
 May 9, 2008

After a lively discussion in the Senate Rules Committee, John C. Duncan’s confirmation as the Director of the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) was put on hold.  Mr. Duncan was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger on ...
Workers’ comp issues in the Senate
 April 25, 2008

Senate Labor and Industrial Relations passed along two bills that would weaken the Workers’ Compensation reforms established in 2004.  SB 1338 (Carole Migden, D-San Francisco) would eliminate the sunset on a provision that currently ...
Again, Perata proposes to increase permanent disability benefits
 April 18, 2008

Once again several labor and injured worker advocate groups are pushing legislation that will increase costs to California’s workers’ compensation system.  Senator Don Perata (D-Oakland) has amended SB 1717 to increase the Permanent ...
SCIF reform moves forward in legislature
 April 4, 2008

On April 2nd two bills restructuring the State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF) moved out of their policy committees. Both Senator Mike Machado (D-Linden) and Assemblymember Joe Coto (D-San Jose) introduced legislation this year in response to the ...
Supplemental job displacement bill repeated
 March 21, 2008

On March 26th the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee will hear SB 1189 (Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles) which requires employers to provide an injured employee with a voucher for supplemental job displacement (SJDV) benefits under the ...
Legislation to reform apportionment introduced
 Feb. 22, 2008

Senator Carole Migden (D-San Francisco) and the California Applicant Attorney’s Association have introduced SB 1115 which prohibits apportionment on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, age, gender, marital status, sex, ...
Possible changes to the Permanent Disability Rating Schedule
 Oct. 4, 2007

Ever since the Workers' Compensation reforms were enacted businesses have experienced a significant decrease in comp costs, including the cost of permanent disability (PD) benefits.  Yet, this decrease has been seen as an assault on the ...
CCWC holds its 5th Annual Worker’s Compensation Conference
 Aug. 3, 2007

This past week the California Coalition of Worker’s Compensation (CCWC) hosted their 5th Annual conference in Anaheim.  CCWC is composed of both public and private employers whose primary focus is on the issue of workers' compensation in ...
Workers' compensation policy conference: July 31 - August 1, Anaheim
 June 29, 2007

CMTA is excited to partner with the California Coalition on Workers' Compensation (CCWC) for their 5th Annual Workers' Compensation Policy Conference.  This informative and exciting two day event will be held on July 31st and August 1st, 2007 ...
Workers' compensation legislative day
 June 15, 2007

On Tuesday, June 12th, over 60 public and private entities came together to share a positive message on Workers' Compensation with members of the California State Senate and Assembly. Several CMTA members participated in this annual legislative day ...
Positive court ruling on permanent disability apportionment
 May 11, 2007

In a landmark decision on May 3rd, the California Supreme Court ruled that the Permanent Disability (PD) percentage charged to employers should not include the percentage awarded to an employee for previous work related injuries.  The Court was ...
Bill to increase permanent disability payments
 May 4, 2007

Businesses and labor are engaged in a strong debate over the true impact of the 2004 workers’ compensation reforms.  The decline in the number of workers on Permanent Disability (PD) has compelled the Labor community to push legislation ...
Administration releases first part of PD study
 Feb. 8, 2007

The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC), as required by SB 899 (Chapter 34, Statutes of 2004, Charles Poochigian, R-Fresno), has released the first portion of its 18-month review of permanent disability (PD) benefits.  The study, ...
Governor Schwarzenegger vetoes workers' comp bill
 Sept. 22, 2006

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger acted quickly to veto legislation that was introduced and passed during the last week of the legislative session.  SB 815 (Don Perata, D-Oakland) would have rolled back the 2004 workers’ compensation reforms ...
Close of session avoids major overhaul of enterprise zones
 Sept. 15, 2006

In August 2005, legislation surfaced to reform the state's Enterprise Zone (EZ) program. Interest in doing a major overhaul to the program continued through the 2006 legislative year. While Senators Mike Machado (D-Linden) and Denise Moreno Ducheny ...
Perata introduces new language to roll back workers' comp reforms
 Aug. 25, 2006

Senate Pro Tempore Don Perata (D-Oakland) has introduced last minute amendments to SB 815 (Perata) that will effectively erase a significant portion of the workers' compensation savings that employers have seen as a result of SB 899 (Chapter 34, ...
FEHA claims and workers’ compensation – a growing concern
 July 28, 2006

With SB 899 (Poochigian R-Fresno) on the books, and California employers continuing to see their workers’ compensation premiums fall, a new concern has arisen.  The California Applicants Attorneys Association (CAAA), the attorneys who ...
Senate hearing examines medical treatment in workers' compensation
 May 5, 2006

This week the Senate Labor and Industrial Relation Committee held an informational hearing on medical treatment in workers' compensation.  SB 228 (Chapter 639, Statutes of 2003, Richard Alarcon, D-Sun Valley) and SB 899 (Chapter 34, Statutes of ...
Workers’ compensation legislation goes forward
 April 28, 2006

On April 26th the Assembly Insurance Committee heard and voted on a large number of workers’ compensation bills.  This is an extremely important year in workers’ compensation as efforts organize to roll back the reforms embodied in ...
CMTA President's statement to the media on the two-year anniversary of Senate Bill 899 and the results from the recent WCAN/CMTA survey on workers' comp reforms
 April 18, 2006

"Prior to the reforms, California had the highest workers’ compensation insurance rates in the nation. Without SB 899, a manufacturer’s ability to remain competitive was being threatened as well as the high-wage jobs they provide. Since the reforms, ...
Permanent disability debate: many questions, few answers
 March 23, 2006

The Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee held an informational hearing on Wednesday, March 22, 2006.  The hearing, titled "New Evidence of Declining PD Ratings under SB 899 – Implications for Injured Workers", turned out to be ...
Workers’ compensation permanent disability hearing
 March 17, 2006

The Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee, chaired by Senator Richard Alarcon (D-Los Angeles), will hold an informational hearing in Sacramento on the permanent disability rating schedule on March 22, 2006.  The hearing, which is ...
Workers’ compensation legislation introduced
 Feb. 17, 2006

With the February 24th deadline for introducing new bills nearing, we are starting to see more legislation that would make changes to the recent reforms in the area of workers’ compensation.  While few of the bills are of significant ...
Permanent Disability study and recommendations sent to Legislature
 Feb. 10, 2006

The California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC) on February 9th formally adopted its "Permanent Disability Rating Schedule Recommendations" study and sent it to the Legislature, despite strong objections by the ...
Workers’ compensation issues to be revisited in 2006
 Jan. 27, 2006

Prior to AB 227 (2003, Juan Vargas, D-San Diego), SB 228 (2004, Richard Alarcon, D-Sun Valley) and SB 899 (2004, Charles Poochigian, R-Fresno), the workers’ compensation system in California was in dire straits.  California’s ...
Workers’ compensation initiatives filed
 Jan. 6, 2006

Recently filed with the Attorney General’s office for title and summary are three versions of a workers’ compensation initiative entitled, "The Worker Empowerment Act".  While the substance of these initiatives would be ...
CMTA to work closely with WCAN
 Nov. 10, 2005

In an effort to maintain the recent workers’ compensation reforms that have led to sizeable premium reductions, CMTA will be working closely with allies who hold these same goals. As many of you know, the 2005 legislative session was ...
Court decision provides potential solution for drug repackaging
 Nov. 4, 2005

Despite recent reforms in the workers' compensation arena, there are still loopholes used by various parties to exploit the payers in the system. One loophole allows doctors to provide prescription drugs to injured workers directly out of their ...
Pressure building for revision of work comp rating schedule
 Oct. 14, 2005

There was an eerie silence around the capitol this year on the issue of workers’ compensation.  While opponents of reform were laying the groundwork to chip away at the provisions of SB 899 (Charles Poochigian, R-Fresno), there was very ...
CMTA honors the service of Willie Washington
 Sept. 2, 2005

On August 31, CMTA was joined by members of the Legislature, former colleagues and staff to recognize Willie Washington’s 18 years of service and commitment to CMTA.  Willie served as CMTA’s workers’ compensation, human ...
Drug Repackaging
 Aug. 5, 2005

One of the major problems that has surfaced in the wake of recent workers’ compensation reforms has been drug repackaging by doctors’ offices.  The practice of drug repackaging in order to skirt the fee schedule is a clear abuse of ...
Rolling back workers’ comp reforms
 June 9, 2005

Senator Joseph Dunn (D-Santa Ana) has authored SB 1023, which would essentially roll back last year’s SB 899 (Charles Poochigian, R-Fresno) reforms of Labor Code Section 5814.  Under SB 1023, an employer who does not fully comply with an ...
Independent Medical Reviewer Loophole?
 May 27, 2005

Efforts to reform the worker’s compensation system and achieve cost savings is an ongoing process.  One issue that could be litigated relates to the ability of injured workers to get treatment by doctors outside the Medical Provider ...
Its Done! Hoch Confirmed as Work Comp. Administrative Director
 April 29, 2005

After four and a half hours of testimony and questioning before the Senate Rules Committee on April 27th, Andrea Hoch was confirmed by a 3-2 vote as Administrative Director, Division of Workers’ Compensation.  Senators Jim Batten (R-La ...
Senate Rules Committee sets date for confirmation hearing of Andrea Hoch
 April 15, 2005

On April 14, 2005 the Senate Rules Committee formally set a date of April 27th as the confirmation hearing for Andrea Hoch, Administrative Director of Workers’ Compensation (AD).  Ms. Hoch was originally scheduled to appear before the ...
Workers’ compensation rate regulation bill passes out of first committee
 April 15, 2005

A bill to regulate workers’ compensation rates, SB 46 by Sen. Richard Alarcon (D – Sun Valley), passed with a party line vote (5-3) out of the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee on Wednesday, April 13th.  Under this ...
Workers’ Compensation Action Network
 April 1, 2005

On March 28th, CMTA met with members of the Workers’ Compensation Action Network (WCAN) to discuss pending and future workers’ compensation issues. WCAN is a coalition that brings together members of the business community to strengthen ...
Good News! Workers Comp Pure Premium Rate to Drop
 March 25, 2005

Following the Governing Board’s recommendation, on March 25th, the California Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) is expected to officially release a 10.4 percent decrease in the pure premium rate for policies renewing or ...
Workers’ Comp. Insurance Under Scrutiny
 March 18, 2005

The passing of SB 899 (Chuck Poochigian, R-Fresno) was the workers’ compensation highlight of the 2004 legislative session. These historic reform measures should provide changes that will bring California’s workers’ compensation ...
Legislative Hearings On Tight Schedule
 March 11, 2005

According to key policy committee consultants, sponsors of bills referred to the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee and Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee may have only two opportunities to have their bills heard in committee ...
Andrea Hoch Confirmation On Hold: Attorneys disagree with work comp regs
 March 4, 2005

Andrea Hoch, Administrative Director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC), was scheduled to appear for a vote on her confirmation before the Senate Rules Committee on February 23, 2005 but the hearing was suddenly cancelled by the ...
Jim Tudor Appointed President of SCIF
 Feb. 18, 2005

Jim C. Tudor was officially appointed acting president of California’s State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF) on Thursday, February 17th, by State Fund Board Chair Jeanne Cain. In a prepared statement, Cain said that Tudor has "remarkable ...
Applicant Attorneys Voice Strong Objection to Work Comp Confirmation
 Feb. 11, 2005

Ms. Andrea Hoch, Administrative Director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation is scheduled to appear for a vote on her confirmation before the Senate Rules Committee on February 23, 2005. The California Applicant Attorneys Association ...
New Anti-Fraud Efforts Include Employer Fraud
 Feb. 4, 2005

A previous Legislative Weekly article on Clarification of First Aid Treatment Reporting generated a number of questions from several members. Why, for example, is CMTA concerned about an announcement made over a year ago by the Department of ...
Regulation of Workers’ Comp Premiums Proposed
 Jan. 9, 2005

In a press conference on January 5th, Senator Richard Alarcon (D-Sun Valley) introduced legislation that would regulate the premiums provided by workers’ compensation insurance carriers to California employers. A similar attempt to include ...
2.2% Workers' Comp Premium Reduction
 Nov. 19, 2004

On November 17th, Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi announced a 2.2 percent reduction in the workers’ compensation insurance advisory pure premium rate. According to the commissioner, it is the third premium reduction in a row totaling ...
First Round of Workers' Comp Regs Ready for Adoption by Nov. 1 Deadline
 Oct. 22, 2004

On Friday, October 22nd, the California Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) filed with the Office of Administrative Law the first set of regulations implementing SB 899 (Charles Poochigian, R-Fresno), the workers' compensation reforms passed by ...
Work Comp Rating Bureau Stands By 3.5 Increase
 Sept. 8, 2004

Based on the June 2004 actuarial data, the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau Governing Committee has voted to stand pat on its recommended pure premium rate increase of 3.5 percent. The increase is based on benefits increases ...
Update on Recently-enacted Workers’ Comp Reform
 July 23, 2004

On July 19, 2004 the Workers’ Compensation Action Network (WCAN) updated CMTA and other coalition members on the status of the recently enacted workers’ compensation reform. The California Applicants' Attorneys Association has launched ...
Race to Develop Workers’ Comp Regulations
 May 7, 2004

There was reluctance at last week's Pure Premium Rate Hearing held by Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi to estimate the savings from SB 899 (Chuck Poochigian, R-Fresno) until the bill is fully implemented. Those who represent employers are also ...
Pure Premium Rate Hearing: Savings Estimates from SB 899 Not Yet Available
 April 30, 2004

At the Pure Premium Rate Hearing on April 29th, the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) outlined their methodology and explained to the Department of Insurance's Rate Hearing Committee (headed by Commissioner John Garamendi) ...
Gov. Signs Major Work Comp Reform Bill
 April 23, 2004

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger kept his promise to clean up California's workers’ compensation system by signing SB 899 (Chuck Poochigian, R-Fresno) on April 22nd. According to the Governor's press release, "the bill will lighten the cost ...
Legislature Passes Work Comp Package
 April 16, 2004

A comprehensive workers’ compensation reform package that will reduce system costs by several billion dollars, according to some estimates, was finalized Thursday morning around 4:30 a.m. in a conference committee at the State Capitol. The ...
Manufacturers Begin to Collect Signatures for Governor Schwarzenegger’s Work Comp Reform Initiative
 April 1, 2004

April 1 Press Release -- Today, the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) committed to collect signatures from its member companies to qualify the Governor’s workers’ compensation initiative for the November ballot. Citing the ...
Workers' Compensation Action Network (WCAN) launches radio advertisements
 March 30, 2004

On March 30, 2004, the Workers' Compensation Action Network (WCAN) launched radio advertisements that urge the Legislature to act now to overhaul California's dysfunctional workers' compensation system. The ads, airing in the Sacramento, Stockton, ...
Governor Sets Midnight Deadline for Legislative Workers’ Comp Deal
 March 26, 2004

On Wednesday, March 24th at a shopping center in Roseville (near Sacramento), Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that the Legislature had until midnight March 26th to agree to a workers’ compensation reform plan. He said that if no agreement ...
Workers’ Comp Talks Continue
 March 22, 2004

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau's recent revision of the cost of employee benefits for 2004 from $24.9 billion to $17.9 billion will not save employers $7 billion in premiums. It's also not expected to result in any new rate ...
Schwarzenegger Holds Work Comp Press Conference at Los Angeles Manufacturing Facility
 March 22, 2004

On March 19th, CMTA praised California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for taking his campaign for workers’ compensation reform to the plant floor of a Los Angeles manufacturer, Ace Clearwater Enterprises – a complex aerospace materials manufacturer ...
Unexpected Revision of Workers’ Comp Costs a Big Surprise
 March 12, 2004

On March 9th, the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) unexpectedly revised the costs savings attributable to SB 228 (Alarcon) and AB 227 (Vargas), the principle workers’ compensation bills signed into law last year. The bills are ...
Workers' Comp Clean-up Bill Passes First Committee
 Feb. 27, 2004

The Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee passed SBx4 9 (Richard Alarcon, D-Sun Valley) February 25th on a 4-2 vote. The bill is supposed to provide non-controversial technical and clarifying language to SB 228 (Alarcon) and AB 227 (Juan ...
Survey shows voters embrace Governor's workers' compensation reform legislation
 Feb. 25, 2004

On February 25, 2004, CMTA president Jack Stewart participated in a press conference with Allan Zaremberg, president of the California Chamber of Commerce, Chris George, Chairman of the small Business Action Network and Jan van Lohuizen of ...
February 18 is "Call Your Legislator Day" on Work Comp reform
 Feb. 18, 2004

Join thousands of California employers, and call your state Assembly Member and Senator on Wednesday, February 18. Ask them to pass the Governor’s workers’ compensation reform legislation now so employers can see relief this year. The late Senator ...
Workers’ Compensation Showdown Averted
 Feb. 13, 2004

Following a meeting of the Governor, majority and minority party leaders of both houses (the big five) on February 10th, a showdown on the administration's sponsored workers’ compensation bill, ABx4 1 (Abel Maldonado, R-Santa Maria), set to be voted ...
Assembly Insurance Committee Conducts Hearing
 Feb. 11, 2004

On Wednesday, February 11, 2004, compelling employer testimony highlighted the Assembly Insurance Committee hearing on workers’ compensation reform and ABx4 1 by Assemblymember Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria). Various stakeholders in the workers’ ...
Workers’ Comp Reform Hearings on Again
 Feb. 6, 2004

After several weeks of legislative inaction on workers’ compensation, the Assembly Insurance Committee has scheduled a hearing on AB4x1 by Assemblyman Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria) on Wednesday, February 11, 2004. The bill, estimated to save over ...
Big Flap Over Employer Workers’ Comp Assessment Error
 Feb. 6, 2004

A new workers’ compensation problem has surfaced that needs immediate attention by the state. A provision in last year's AB 227 (Vargas) that changed funding of the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) to 100 percent employer-funded was ...
CMTA joins workers' compensation action network
 Jan. 28, 2004

CMTA has joined the Workers’ Compensation Action Network (WCAN) in an effort to further inform lawmakers and the public about the negative impact workers’ compensation costs are having on businesses as well as provide information and tools to those ...
State Audit: 2003 Work Comp Reforms Reduce Costs
 Jan. 30, 2004

The California Bureau of State Audits reported this week that the reforms accomplished in legislation last year could provide a significant reduction in some costs for on-the-job injuries. The audit cited cost reductions of up to 58 percent for ...
No Action on Governor's Workers’ Comp Proposal
 Jan. 20, 2004

In his State of the State address, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger demanded that state lawmakers “pass his workers’ compensation proposal by March 1, 2004 or he would seek to place it on the November ballot.” Since then, the legislature has taken no ...
Governor Sets Deadline for Workers’ Compensation Reform
 Jan. 9, 2004

Calling himself California's "Job Czar" during his first State of the State address, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger stressed the importance of creating and retaining jobs. He indicated that one way is to reform the workers’ compensation system. ...
Workers’ Comp Extra Ordinary Session has Extra Ordinary Hearings
 Dec. 8, 2003

Following up on the promise to curb runaway workers’ compensation costs and give California's sluggish economy a boost, two bills sponsored by the administration are currently being heard in each legislative house. ABx4 1 (Abel Maldonado, R-Santa ...
Schwarzenegger Calls Special Session on Workers’ Compensation
 Nov. 21, 2003

One of the first acts by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger after being sworn in on November 17th was to call legislators back to the Capitol for a special session to fix California's broken workers’ compensation system. The governor agrees that ...
Garamendi Advises 14.9% Rate Reduction
 Nov. 7, 2003

Following a speech in Silicon Valley on November 6, Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi announced an advisory 14.9 percent pure premium rate reduction for 2004. The announcement follows the Department of Insurance rate filing hearing on November ...
Under New Law, CMTA will Offer Members Workers’ Compensation Program
 Oct. 31, 2003

SB 1007 authored by Senator Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) and sponsored by California Manufacturers & Technology Association is one of the workers’ compensation reform bills signed by Governor Davis. The bill would allow CMTA to form a group ...
Schwarzenegger Promises WC Reform
 Oct. 10, 2003

Governor-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger now starts the daunting task of reinvigorating California's sluggish economy. Key problems he identified are a runaway workers’ compensation system and burgeoning unemployment insurance costs that are stifling ...
Governor Signs Workers’ Comp Reform Package
 Oct. 2, 2003

At a bill signing ceremony hosted by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce on October 1st, Governor Gray Davis (D) signed a package of workers’ compensation bills that was estimated to save employers more than $4 billion a year. Surrounded by ...
Insurance Commissioner Pushes for Workers’ Comp Premium Rollback
 Oct. 2, 2003

Previously the Department of Insurance instructed the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) to consider the proposed January 1, 2004 pure premium rate increases of 12%. The WCIRB, on September 29th, presented its recommendations ...
Workers’ Compensation Reforms Approved
 Sept. 18, 2003

As follow up to last week's article in the CMTA's Legislative Weekly, the Workers’ Compensation Conference Committee Report was approved by both houses on September 12 on a party line vote. In voting against the report, Republican members in both ...
Floor Vote on Workers' Compensation Conference Committee Report Today
 Sept. 12, 2003

After several meetings, numerous language changes and faced with a legislative deadline to render a report, the workers’ compensation conference committee voted 4-0 along party lines on September 9 to move legislation containing substantial ...
Workers' Compensation Reform is Half a Loaf
 Sept. 12, 2003

The conference committee was charged with overhauling the broken workers' compensation system to reduce skyrocketing costs of insurance. The system is extremely costly, rife with waste, abuse, over utilization of services, litigation, and, ...
Worker’s Compensation – Hard to Calculate the Savings
 Sept. 8, 2003

Members of the conference committee on Workers’ Compensation want to protect employers from further premium increases and even reduce current premium costs to 2002 levels. The challenge to reaching this goal is two-fold. First, significant reforms ...
Work comp debate gains greater sense of urgency
 Aug. 27, 2003

In an early afternoon press conference at the capital today, Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi again reiterated the importance of immediate, comprehensive workers' compensation reform. Joined by business leaders including Jim Sinegal, CEO & ...
Workers' compensation conference debates in first meeting
 Aug. 26, 2003

On August 26, 2003, the workers' compensation conference committee met for the first time to discuss various reforms that could help fix and potentially reduce costs in the current system. In the first panel, Insurance Commissoner John Garamendi ...
Workers’ Compensation Conference Committee to Meet
 Aug. 22, 2003

The Workers’ Compensation Conference Committee has scheduled meetings on August 26 and 27 to hear testimony on ways to reduce workers’ compensation costs. Although the details have not yet been noticed in the Daily Files, information from staff ...
No Workers’ Compensation Conference Committee Schedule Yet
 Aug. 15, 2003

Workers’ Compensation Conference committee staff members have been holding meetings with the various stakeholders to discuss upcoming committee meetings. Employers met with staff on August 13 for almost two hours of general discussion on workers’ ...
Workers’ Comp Conference Committee Members Appointed
 Aug. 1, 2003

Now that a state budget has been passed, perhaps the Legislature will turn its full attention to another issue in crisis, workers’ compensation, when they return from summer recess on August 18. Republican Leaders of both houses, Senator Jim ...
An Almost Broke CIGA Seeks $1.5 Billion Bond Bailout
 July 18, 2003

The California Insurance Guarantee Association (CIGA) is running out of money to pay workers’ compensation claims of insolvent insurers. CIGA is sponsoring AB 1729 by Assemblyman Juan Vargas, (D-San Diego) that authorizes the Department of ...
Its Official, Workers’ Comp Conference Committee Called
 July 14, 2003

All the commotion surrounding 20 workers’ compensation bills scheduled to be heard on July 9th by policy committees in each house turned out to be much ado about nothing. Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee Chair, Richard Alarcon (D-Sun ...
CMTA Joins Legislators in Urging Bipartisan Support for Work Comp Reform
 July 10, 2003

On July 9, 2003, the California Manufacturers & Technology Association joined members of the Assembly Republican Caucus, as well as other business advocates in support of AB 1579, which would provide significant workers’ compensation reform to the ...
Workers’ Compensation Insurance Premiums to Increase Again
 June 20, 2003

Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi issued a decision on the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau’s July 1, 2003 pure premium rate filing, which is more bad news for employers. The Commissioner approved a 7.2% increase in pure premium ...
Workers’ Compensation Legislation Clears Both Houses
 June 13, 2003

As the deadline for bills to pass out of their house of origin passed, only a few of more than 50 workers’ compensation bills managed to pass. The Assembly passed seven workers’ compensation bills of interest to employers and the Senate passed ...
Employer-Funding of Division of Workers' Compensation Approved by Committee
 May 23, 2003

Senate Budget Subcommittee No. 3 on Health, Human Services, Labor and Veterans Affairs voted 3-0 on May 21 to impose a fee on employers to fund 100 percent of the Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) Budget. The cost shift to employers would ...
Senate Workers' Compensation Bills Joined with a Small Employer Workers' Compensation Bill
 May 16, 2003

After a major setback that reduced the number of employer-backed bills to four in the Senate and two in the Assembly, employers are now faced with another challenge. All of the workers' compensation bills moving in the Senate have been amended to ...
Employer-Backed Workers’ Compensation Bills Suffer Major Setback
 May 2, 2003

Nine workers’ compensation bills backed by employers and authored by Republicans were scheduled to be heard in the Assembly Insurance Committee on April 30th. The committee approved two of the bills, refused passage of four, and three were ...
Workers' Compensation Crisis Gets High-Level Attention
 May 2, 2003

On May 1, 2003, Governor Gray Davis (D) announced his Workers’ Compensation plans alongside Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi (D) and Senator Richard Alarcon (D-Sun Valley). "What we have is a 90 year old system that is old, broke down and in ...
Workers' Compensation Proposals Heard in Senate Labor Committee
 April 25, 2003

On April 23rd, the Senate Labor & Industrial Relations Committee heard several bills aimed at reforming California's problematic workers' compensation system. In particular, Senator Chuck Poochigian (R-Fresno) presented SB 1010, which would roll ...
Employer-Backed Workers' Compensation Bill Clears Committee
 April 14, 2003

An unusual array of supporters that included employers, organized labor, insurers, and non-medical providers lined up for SB 228 by Senator Richard Alarcon (D-Sylmar) during the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee hearing on April 9. The ...
State Fund Clamps Down on New Business
 April 9, 2003

Faced with inadequate reserves, the State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF) issued an announcement to California's insurance agents and brokers informing them of new measures to be implemented April 1, 2003. SCIF will no longer accept applications ...
Insurance Commissioner Issues Press Release on WC Panels
 Feb. 28, 2003

Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi issued a press release on February 27 regarding two advisory panels he convened, prior to taking office in January, to make recommendations on how to fix the workers' compensation system. One group is composed ...
Garamendi Will Not Appeal BOE Decision on WC Premium Tax
 Feb. 28, 2003

Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi announced that he would allow to stand the Board of Equalization's (BOE) unanimous decision to not apply a gross premium tax on workers' compensation reimbursements. "In the unlikely event we were able to ...
Ergonomics Standard to be Reviewed
 Feb. 21, 2003

The Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (Board) met in Sacramento on February 20 and voted on a proposal (option three) that could significantly change California's current ergonomic standard (Title 8 California Code of Regulations ...
Fast Rising Workers' Compensation Premiums Prompt Renewed Discussion of Reforms
 Feb. 14, 2003

With 2003 premiums more than doubling for many employers, the prospect of paying the entire budget for the Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) and other general fund costs as well, it is no wonder that employers are frustrated and angry. To add ...
Fraud Commission Approves $550,000 for District Attorneys to access WCIRB files
 Feb. 8, 2003

CMTA is opposed to the recent Fraud Assessment Commission's decision to spend $550,000 on a program for the District Attorneys (DAs) to access the Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) files. Recent legislation (AB 749) permits the ...
Governor's Budget Requires Employers to Fund the Division of Workers? Compensation
 Feb. 2, 2003

In response to Governor Gray Davis' budget proposal to shift workers' compensation general fund cost to employers, SBx1 10 by the Budget and Fiscal Committee would require the entire Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) budget (approximately $102 ...
Ergonomics Standard Decision Delayed
 Jan. 24, 2003

The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (Board) met in Los Angeles on January 16 to conduct regular business and to vote on three proposals (options) that would significantly change California's current ergonomic standard ...
BOE's Unanimous Vote Gives Employers Big Win Over Taxing Workers, Compensation Insurance Deductibles
 Jan. 10, 2003

The Board of Equalization handed employers and insurers a big victory at a hearing December 18. They voted unanimously in favor of the Appeal of Wausau Companies challenging the imposition of premium taxes on the deductible portion of workers' ...
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