WAS THERE COMP COVERAGE?
Here's what I'd like to know.....
Did Meg Whitman pay for workers' comp coverage on Nicky Diaz Santillian, her domestic employee? Santillian served Whitman (and her neurosurgeon husband Griffith Harsh IV) for nine years.
It appears that Harsh blew off a Social Se
TOO MUCH REGULATION OR NOT ENOUGH?
Does California really have too much regulation, or not enough?
Meg Whitman's talking points claim that she will reduce regulations. But which ones? The idea of a nanny state is unpopular. But many regulations were developed for a purpose. To promote health and safety. To prevent abu
VETO PEN TIME
No surprises here.
Governor Schwarzenegger has vetoed a bunch of comp bills that the legislature had passed.
The stymied bills include the following:
-SB 145 (DeSaulnier)
-AB 933 (Fong)
SB 145 would have proscribed denial of a claim or apportionme
ACCOLADES AT MONTEREY
Well-deserved accolades were given this weekend in Monterey to some of California workers' comp's brightest stars.
The occasion? The awards ceremony sponsored by the Executive Committee of the bar's Workers' Compensation Section. Held each year at the time of the state
THE HYPE MAY BE UNTRUE
In my last two posts I've commented on the concern that business is fleeing
California because the state is not seen as "business friendly".
One post was "Business Leaving California":
Another post ex
SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO?
In a post last year I explored whether some disabled workers might benefit from the trend of "personal coaches". After all, work injuries often cause problems in the pocketbook, the self-image, and in the boudoir.
But until I trolled the web recently, little did I know there is
BUSINESS LEAVING CALIFORNIA
A recurrent theme of the Whitman gubernatorial campaign is that California needs a governor who will make California's business climate better.
The implication, of course, is that California Democrats, and Jerry Brown in particular, are anti-business.
Along with too many l
1 in 7
According to the Census Bureau, 44 million Americans are below the poverty line ($22,000 for a family of four).
That's one in seven Americans.
Undoubtedly some are the walking wounded of America's workers' comp systems. Folks af
SCIF CONTINUES TO SHRINK BUT CLAIMS PROFITABILITY
SCIF's report on 2009 results is now available:
It's no surprise that SCIF continues to shrink. Premium volume is down by 25%.
SCIF, California's quasi-public, quasi-private carrier, has steadily lost market share.
MAYBE UNIONS AREN'T SO BAD AFTER ALL
Its been a difficult decade for unions.
Membership has been slipping. Union shoe leather helped staff "Obama's Army".
But efforts to enact union-friendly labor law amendments have gone nowhere. Amid the stimulus, the endless healthcare reform debate, the stall of
MEDICAL COSTS NOW EXCEED INDEMNITY BENEFITS
For the first time nationally, the cost of medical treatment for injured workers exceeds cash indemnity benefits paid to workers.
This milestone was documented by the folks at NASI, the National Academy of Social Insurance.
A summary of the NASI study can be found here:
Politics is a rough sport, and money is the lifeblood of politics.
No one understands that more than the folks at the Chamber of Commerce. For those readers not following California politics, the Cal Chamber has been a big player in Sacramento. With its "job killer bill" strateg
THE SUPREMES TAKE ON FURLOUGHS
Yesterday the California Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the legality of furloughs.
According to reports from observers who were there, it seems likely that the court will rule that the furloughs are legal.
The debate centered on issues as to whether the governor has impl
EAMS FOR ALL
Workers' Compensation Appeals Board court administrator Keven Star apparently has plans to require all attorneys become e-filers.
That's the word in a piece written by Greg Griggs, an editor at Workcompcentral.com.
Griggs quotes Star from a visit Star made to the Oxna
DOES CHINA OFFER STATE A MODEL FOR JOBS?
Does China offer California a model for jobs?
That's the title to a piece by Dan Morain in the Sacramento Bee. Morain reflects on an interchange between Senator Barbara Boxer and challenger Carly Fiorina in last week's Moraga senatorial debate.
In a world where, as Fi
Among the workers' comp measures headed to Governor Schwarzenegger's desk is SB 1254.
Sponsored by Mark Leno of San Francisco, SB 1254 is a bill worthy of the Governor's signature.
Anyone paying the least attention to workers' compensation over the last few
- WAS THERE COMP COVERAGE?