Office of Administrative Law Approves Emergency OSHA Regulations
on California employers. The new regulations are complex, will take a lot of effort, and went into effect November 30th, 2020.In a December 1st Press Release from the Department of Industrial Relations, Cal/OSHA Chief Doug Parker was quoted as saying
“These are strong but achievable standards to protect workers. They also clarify what employers have to do to prevent workplace
exposure to COVID-19 and stop outbreaks.” Mr. Parker acknowledges that California employers have had little time to prepare for
these regulations saying, “We understand the need to educate and assist employers as they implement the new provisions of the
emergency standards. For employers who need time to fully implement the regulations, enforcement investigators will take their
good faith efforts to implement the emergency standards into consideration. However, aspects such as eliminating hazards and
implementing testing requirements during an outbreak are essential.”
On-Demand Video to Bring You up-to-speed
Get up to speed on the new regulations quickly and conveniently with IEA’s newly available on-demand presentation. Benefit
from the expertise of Michael Sullivan & Associates General Managing Partner Michael Sullivan, Employment Law Managing
Partner Eric H. De Wames, Attorney of Counsel Lisa Aguiar, and Janey Nethery, Executive Director of Michael Sullivan and
IEA in the News
A recent article written by Lonce Lamonte of Adjustercom.com outlines the circumstances leading to IEA’s change of status and
new management earlier this year. Having led the market in high quality professional training and education in insurance and risk
management for decades, IEA suffered several successive years of declining enrollment. The resulting financial stress meant
a sharp downturn in staffing, and limited resources needed to respond nimbly to the training needs of a changing marketplace.
When COVID-19 hit, an already shaky institution was dealt a final blow, and IEA ceased operations.
As wrap-up of the entity took place, former CEO, Gina Magee, sought buyers for its assets. Michael Sullivan and Associates,
defense law firm and publisher of Sullivan on Comp, purchased IEA’s trademark and logo, as well as many of its legacy certificate
and designation programs including: Workers Compensation Claims Administration Certificate, (WCCA),
Workers’ Compensation Claims Professional, and the Claims Practitioner in Workers’ Compensation (CPWC).
The Certified Professional in Disability Management, (CPDM), currently undergoing significant updates, is also part of the
Michael Sullivan, General Managing Partner of Michael Sullivan and Associates, values the IEA brand as an independent entity:-
“I want to make sure IEA’s brand maintains integrity. It doesn’t exist just to service the well-being of the (law) firm.
It’s its own entity and it’s there to serve the community.”
Thousands of industry professionals have looked to IEA as the long-standing premier provider of professional designations in
property casualty, workers’ compensation, risk management and disability management. Many graduates of IEA programs have
welcomed the news that the 100 year old legacy of IEA is protected, and its mandate to serve the community endures for the benefit
of future generations.
More than 50,000 Work Comp Claims Filed in 2020
According to the California Workers’ Compensation Claims Institute, CWCI, the projected number of COVID-19 work comp
claims claims through October 2020 is a staggering 57,833! One in every 9 work-related injury claims filed is COVID related.
Claims Trending Down for August-October
Numbers show that the peak of COVID related claims were mid-year with July hitting a peak of 14, 453. However, subsequent
months showed a downward trajectory with reports for August, September, and October at 6710, 3779, and 2016 respectively.
Although more claims could yet be reported, numbers are still below the early counts reported for June and July indicating
that there has indeed been a protracted downward trend.
The CWCI has projected COVID related claims filed through October 2020 to reach 57,833. Distribution by industry indicates
health care workers account for thelargest share of these claims followed by public safety/government workers.
Keeping up with COVID
IEA, in partnership with our friends at Sullivan On Comp, offers a topical COVID webinar series to help you stay up to date
workers’ compensation related issuesand how they impact you. For more information, visit our on-demand training page.
“California Workers’ Compensation Coronavirus Claim Count Now Exceeds 50,000,”
By Lonce Lamonte – November 19, 2020, adjustercom.com
COVID-19 Accounts for 1-in 9 California Workers’ Comp Claims, Insurancejournal.com
New Workers’ Compensation Laws for 2021
If you thought Covid-19 reporting requirements under SB1159 were difficult, just wait! Effective January 1st, reporting requirements will quadruple. Moreover, under AB5 several professions are newly added to the list of exemptions to its provision. Now considered Independent Contractors, these workers are no longer eligible for workers’ compensation. It’s important to know what’s on the list so you don’t accidentally incur liability. IEA and Professor David Chetcuti will explore these issues as well as the 8 new workers compensation laws that come into play on January 1st, 2021 in a one-hour webinar presentation. Key topics include:
- Review of new workers’ compensation laws effective January 1st
- Explanation of three laws passed in 2019 that take effect in 2021
- Changes in benefit rates
- COLA review for life pension and 100% cases
- Highlights of new regulations effective 1/1/21
Choose from the dates listed below:
- December 16th, 2021
January 13, 2021
January 27th, 2021