Entries by Joy Young – VP of Human Resources & Risk Management

Reduce Your California Workers Compensation Costs with Targeted Risk Control

For California employers, this summer brought at least some relief in workers’ compensation premiums following a proposal by the state Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB). Beginning July 1, premium rates went down thanks to lower-than-expected medical costs and declining severity. But despite this bit of good news, other trends may serve to keep your […]

California Workers Compensation Insurance: Control Costs with These Return-to-Work Strategies

As a business owner, you’d love to have a workplace completely free of accidents and injuries. After all, that would be the ultimate way to control your workers’ compensation costs. But since accidents and injuries are inevitable, you need smart strategies to keep those costs under control. Just remember this – when you add up […]

The Ripple Effect of New Wage Laws: Higher California Workers Compensation Insurance Premiums

Back in March, California became the first state in the nation to pass legislation raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The increase is expected to impact about 6.5 million residents, or 43 percent of the state’s workforce. Other states and municipalities have since followed suit. Then in May, the U.S. Department of Labor […]

The First Step in Keeping Workers’ Compensation Claims Out of Court

It happens all too often when an employee gets hurt on the job. He gets medical care, gets taken off work, and then ends up sitting at home with little contact from his employer, not really understanding the workers’ compensation process, feeling increasingly isolated, and getting frustrated that his claim doesn’t seem to be going […]

California Workers Compensation Insurance: Key Findings on Costs and Trends

Despite several rounds of reforms to California’s workers compensation system in recent years, employers are still struggling to control their workers’ comp costs. And according to a 2015 report by the Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB), results of reforms such as SB863 in 2012 have been mixed. To better understand the big picture, the […]

5 proactive steps to keep your California workers comp costs under control

California employers got a bit of springtime good news recently when the state Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) announced a proposal to reduce workers’ compensation premiums by an average of 5 percent beginning in July. The proposal calls for a premium rate of $2.30 per $100 of payroll beginning July 1, 2016. That’s 10.4 […]