With 2016 in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to take a look at the Top 10 developments in California workers’ comp during 2016.
- The Division of Workers’ Compensation regulatory activity continued, although at a slower pace than prior years.
- 2016 was a relatively slow year for workers’ comp in the California appellate courts.
- Many California employers continued to enjoy reduced rates in 2016.
- Concerns continued about the operation of the $120 million Return to Work Fund
- Prominent figures passed from the workers’ comp scene in 2016.
- Utilization review and Independent Medical Review continued to generate some controversy
- Concerns about fraud and abuse continued to plague the comp system.
- 2016 turned out to be a significant legislative year for workers’ comp.
- Although not actually California workers’ comp stories, the advance of marijuana legalization in California, the ongoing expansion of the gig economy, and likely changes to Obamacare all have implications for California’s system.
- Studies continue to provide data that may become fodder for future changes in California’s system.
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