High Heat Increases Risk of Injuries for Inside and Outdoor Workers

Posted on: July 21st, 2021 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

As many parts of the country are wrestling with ever-increasing temperatures during the summer months, a new study has found that the hotter the weather gets, the higher the risk of workplace accidents and injuries for both indoor and outside workers. The study by the University of California, Los Angeles, based on claims data from […]

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Workers’ Comp COVID-19 Payroll Reporting Rules Sunsetting

Posted on: July 13th, 2021 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau has announced that two temporary payroll reporting rules to reflect changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic stay-at-home orders will sunset. The move comes after Gov. Gavin Newsom’s June 9 executive order which revoked the statewide stay-at-home order that had been in place since March 19, 2020. You may […]

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Fudging Workers’ Comp Payroll Records Can Cause Major Problems, Even Jail Time

Posted on: May 24th, 2021 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

The owners of a California flooring installation company allegedly underreported their payroll amounts to workers’ compensation insurers to the tune of $30 million, costing the insurance company almost $4 million in premiums. The men are each facing three felony charges. These are the potential consequences for those who deliberately falsify their payroll records and reports […]

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Recommendation: Workers’ Comp Rates Should Be Raised 2.7%

Posted on: April 29th, 2021 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

In an unusual move, the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California has filed with the Department of Insurance a recommendation that benchmark workers’ comp rates in the state be increased by an average of 2.7%, effective Sept. 1 of this year. Typically, the Rating Bureau will only file for Jan. 1 or mid-year rate […]

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OSHA, Workers’ Comp Implications for Telecommuting

Posted on: February 3rd, 2021 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

As more Americans work from home than ever before, many employers are wondering about their obligations under OSHA as well as how to reduce the chances that workers may be injured while telecommuting. Obviously, the chances of an injury when working from home are small. The most common issue that is likely to arise long-term […]

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New Workers’ Compensation Rate Filing Expands COVID-19 Surcharge Tiers

Posted on: October 14th, 2020 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

The California Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau has amended its 2021 rate filing to make its earlier recommended COVID-19 surcharge more equitable. The Rating Bureau is leaving unchanged its overall recommendation that benchmark rates be increased an average of 2.6% for policies incepting on or after Jan. 1, 2021. But it modified an earlier recommendation that […]

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Alert: New Law Creates COVID-19 Workers’ Comp Framework

Posted on: September 23rd, 2020 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

Governor Newsom has signed legislation that creates a new framework for COVID-19-related workers’ compensation claims. SB 1159, which takes effect immediately, partly replaces an executive order that Newsom made on March 18 and which expired on July 5. That order required all employees working outside the home who contracted COVID-19 be eligible for workers’ compensation […]

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New Emergency Workers’ Compensation Rules Take Effect

Posted on: July 7th, 2020 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

The Department of Insurance has approved emergency workers’ compensation rules dealing with COVID-19 and California employers. The rules were recommended by the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau to bring fairness for employers’ experience rating during the COVID-19 pandemic amid shelter-at-home orders and for dealing with claims of workers who contract COVID-19 on the job. The […]

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Adjustable Workstations Key to Reducing Injuries

Posted on: May 26th, 2020 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

Musculoskeletal disorders from manual labor in factories, construction, printing and warehouse work are one of the most common types of workplace injuries and account for one-third of all workers’ compensation costs. These injuries take a profound economic toll on both workers who suffer these injuries and on employers who pay more for their workers’ comp […]

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Workers Get Workers’ Comp Presumption for COVID-19

Posted on: May 7th, 2020 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has issued an executive order requiring that workers who either test positive for COVID-19 or are diagnosed by a physician as having coronavirus are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. The order means that it will automatically be presumed that the employee contracted the virus on the job if they test positive […]

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