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Update: California Workers Compensation System Loss Costs Fall
Multiple September 09, 2019 Posted in: Blog Posts, News, Workers’ Compensation

Pinnacle Actuarial Resources is dedicated to keeping our clients up-to-date on relevant regulatory, administrative and economic conditions that impact their businesses. Recently, the Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) of California issued guidance regarding lower-than-anticipated workers compensation (WC) system loss costs. On September 5, the insurance commissioner of California approved all of the WCIRB’s proposed changes. The most current pure premium WCIRB filing, dated August 20, 2019 recommended a 5.4% decrease in average advisory loss costs, effective January 1, 2020.

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Workers’ Compensation & Marijuana
Greg Fears December 11, 2018 Posted in: Blog Posts, News, Workers’ Compensation
Marijuana legalization is increasingly prevalent in the United States. Whether for medicinal or recreational use, marijuana is more acceptable these days. A greater number of physicians are prescribing it for their patients, and the U.S. marijuana industry is rapidly expanding. Yet it is still a Schedule 1 drug, as defined by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). So is an employee who is either prescribed or legally using marijuana eligible to receive workers’ compensation (WC) benefits if they are injured on the job and test positive for it?
Another Reduction in Workers’ Compensation Pure Premium Rates for California
Greg Fears August 28, 2018 Posted in: Blog Posts, Workers’ Compensation
Reforms to the California workers’ compensation system implemented over the past few years have led to moderating trends in both claim frequency and claim severity. The upward trend expected in future average wage levels is also serving to lower pure premium rates. Given the relative stability in costs over the past several years, the reduction in the average pure premium rates should contribute to a healthy, vibrant and competitive market.
Significant Reductions in Workers’ Compensation Pure Premium Rates for California
Another big California workers’ compensation rate reduction is coming, effective mid-year 2018. This will be the seventh straight decrease, with the last reduction taken January 1, 2018.

This past week, the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California (WCIRB) approved and released the pure premium rate filing, effective July 1, 2018. This rate reduction has not yet been approved by the California Department of Insurance, and is open to a public comment period and hearing.

Highlights from the CSIA’s 2017 Annual Meeting and Conference
The California Self-Insured Association’s (CSIA) Annual Meeting and Educational Conference took place April 3-4 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. Amid the bustling spring break crowd at, “The Happiest Place On Earth,” the CSIA orchestrated another sold-out event. The multitude of California self-insureds in attendance included (among others) Southern California Edison, Nordstrom and, of course, Disney.
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