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    In the News: Workers’ Compensation

    By Kenton Koszdin on September 18, 2018 | In Workers Compensation News

    In the News: Workers’ Compensation

    The world of Workers’ Compensation has been changing, especially in California where 20% of the Worker’s Comp premium is generated. It is important to keep up with the importance of these changes by keeping up with California Workers’ Comp News. Lately, the Workers’ Comp system has been evaluated, including changes in the premiums taken from your paycheck as part of Workers’ Comp insurance, as well as changes to the Independent Contractors Law which impacts Workers’ Comp around the state.

    The RTWSP Evaluation

    The Ready-to-Work Supplement Program (RTWSP) has recently been evaluated, not only to see how efficiently the program runs, but to discover the identity and demographics of those taking advantage of the program. It was found that the RTWSP has been targeting the right population and is less likely to allow for fraud or abuse of the program. This is according to the latest California Workers’ Comp News.

    However, only a little over half of those who are eligible for the program actually take advantage of it. Not only has the eligible population become more than what was anticipated, but the program and application process are not as easy to navigate as was intended. Several solutions to the problems have been mentioned, including making the RTWSP program automatic. Once the SJDB, or Supplemental Job Displacement Benefits are served, the RTWSP benefits would be sent as well. It has also been noted that physicians need more resources when it comes to filling out paperwork for the SJDB and RTWSP.

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    WCIRB Annual Meeting in San Francisco

    Many of the stakeholders in the California Workers’ Compensation industry met in San Francisco for their annual meeting. The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) has been researching how the applicants for Workers’ Comp utilize the established system. Data science and other demographics collections have helped make the program easier to navigate.

    Dr John Howard, as keynote speaker, focused on a new working environment in the new economy. Robotics are being used more, changing the landscape of many industries. While the US is increasing in the use of robotic labor, we are still sadly falling behind many other countries, such as South Korea. Major General Garrett Yee of the US Army spoke at the meeting as well, touching on subjects related to cybersecurity, according to the latest California Workers’ Comp News.

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    Workers’ Comp Affected by Changes in Independent Contractor Law

    It used to be that an independent contractor was any worker who was not classified as a traditional employee. With the recent changes to the Independent Contractor Law, some workers may now be classified as employees and vice versa. These landmark changes in the law have impacted California Workers’ Comp and may impact the laws in other states.

    To be considered an independent contractor, the worker has to meet three criteria: the employer has no ability to tell the worker how to complete the task or job, the task or job the worker has been asked to perform is outside the scope of the employer’s normal business, and the worker has a trade or business they operate. There could be fines assessed if an employer’s workers are not properly categorized as either an employee or contract worker. The worker’s status as an employee or an independent contractor affects their ability to use Workers’ Compensation.

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