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WCIRB: Fewer — but More Costly — Claims Expected Under Newsom's COVID Presumption

By Mark Powell (Reporter)

Friday, May 29, 2020 | 1199 | 2 | 114 min read

California could see fewer than expected workers’ compensation claims related to COVID-19 under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order, but they on average are likely to be more expensive, according to a new cost evaluation from the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau. WCIRB also predicts more COVID-related deaths than previously anticipated in its high-end estimates, as California cities and counties begin to phase out Newsom’s stay-at-home decree that was issued more than two months ago. “We looked at a lot of research. There’s much more now that&...

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