Gino DiCaro

Work comp judge, Rosa Moran, sworn in as Administrative Director of DWC

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, July 29, 2011 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

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 oversees all Workers’ Compensation rules.

Moran has served as a workers’ compensation judge since 2005. Previously, she was an attorney in private practice from 1988 to 2005. Moran is a member of the Oakland Bench and Bar Association, the Filipina Women’s Network, the University of San Francisco Alumni Association, and the University of the Pacific Alumni Association. This position still requires Senate confirmation.

Moran, a Democrat, will likely have no problem with her confirmation but her strong ties to the Applicant Attorneys might contribute to some tough questions from the Republicans. The AD position is critical in further developing work comp rules. As new data is available the AD can often propose regulations that cut costs in the system or clarify the delivery of benefits to the injured worker.

Moran takes the position once held by the late Carrie Nevans, who died of liver complications in February, 2011.  Before her passing Nevans helped develop a 12-point plan to cut costs in the system. Moran will probably pick up where Nevans left off but also address the outstanding question about increasing Permanent Disability (PD) benefits. The AD has the responsibility to review data and recommend if the PD schedule should be updated. Nevans proposed a 16 percent rate increase in 2009, which the employer community supported because of sound data, but the proposed increase did not move forward. Moran is likely to begin reviewing data next year to provide the Brown administration with a new proposal.

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