Proposed COVID-19 Workers’ Compensation Presumption Bills Likely to Increase Premium

On May 7, 2020, we shared about Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order creating a rebuttable presumption that a California employee who contracts COVID-19 contracted it in the course of their employment. The presumption applied to employees working from March 19 through July 5, 2020. Since then 3 different bills addressing COVID-19 presumptions are now winding…

The Payroll Tax Cut – More Questions Than Answers

Should employers stop collecting the 6.2% levy that is the employee’s share of social security taxes for many workers? This weekend’s Executive Order by the President said that employers could do this starting September 1, 2020. But, to be clear, if employers stop withholding taxes, will Congress forgive the deferred payments? Remember, these are deferred…

Applied Underwriters’ California Ins Company More Controversial Acts

Amidst charges of unapproved and uncollateralized loans to affiliates, unapproved property transfers, the California Department of Insurance’s Conservation and Liquidation Office says it is drafting a unilateral “rehabilitation” plan for California Insurance Company (CIC). The plan will transfer its policies to another carrier and resolve the numerous filed lawsuits pending between Applied Underwriters / CIC…