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11/05 - A Brief Summary of California Workers' Compensation News

Today's post will briefly examine workers' compensation defense news from around the state.

Report: California has fifth highest work comp rates in the United States

Every two years, the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services complies its "Workers' Compensation Premium Rate Ranking Summary" for the Oregon state legislature. The report ranks every state - from highest to lowest - according to their workers' compensation premium rates.

The 2010 report yielded some very interesting results:

  • The state of North Dakota had the lowest workers' compensation premium rates in the entire nation. An average of only $1.02 of every $100 of payroll went to pay work comp premiums. This represented a mere 50 percent of the national median - determined by the Department of Consumer and Business Services to be $2.04 for every $100 of payroll.
  • The state of Montana had the highest workers' compensation premium rates in the entire nation. An average of $3.33 of every $100 of payroll went to pay work comp premiums. This represented almost 163 percent of the national median.
  • The state of California was number five in the nation for workers' compensation premium (up from 13 in 2008). An average of $2.68 of every $100 of payroll went to pay work comp premiums. This represented 131 percent of the national median.

The top ten states were:

  1. Montana
  2. Alaska
  3. Illinois
  4. Oklahoma
  5. California
  6. Connecticut
  7. New Jersey
  8. Maine
  9. New Hampshire
  10. Alabama

Dave Jones Elected New Insurance Commissioner

In other workers' compensation related news, California elected a new Insurance Commissioner this past week.

Assemblyman Dave Jones (D-Sacramento) defeated Assemblyman Mike Villines (R-Clovis) in a hotly contested election battle for the position currently held by Steve Poizner.

Jones had enjoyed the backing of California trial lawyers and labor unions, while Villines enjoyed the backing of the insurance industry.

Insurance Commissioner is an extremely important governmental post. The holder of the office is responsible for not only managing the Department of Insurance but also overseeing California's massive insurance industry.

Stay tuned for further other developments in the area of workers' compensation defense ...

This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.

Related Resources:

2010 Oregon Workers' Compensation Premium Rate Ranking Summary (Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services)

Dave Jones Elected California Insurance Commissioner (The Los Angeles Times)

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