Aug. 14, 2013 — Sierra Pacific Industries has been arguing for nearly six years that it wasn’t responsible for starting the 2007 Moonlight Fire. Last week the timber company received a favorable ruling that helped to bolster its claim.
One week before a civil trial was scheduled to begin in Plumas County Superior Court in Portola, Judge Leslie C. Nichols reviewed the evidence and told the prospective jurors to stay home. He said there simply wasn’t enough evidence against SPI to justify a trial.
Aug. 6, 2013 — During the last decade many California businesses have financially benefited from reforms made to the ailing state’s workers’ compensation insurance system. But our Sacramento lawmakers are far from finished with the overhaul needed in this important program created over a century ago tohelp employees with legitimate job-related injuries.
The key word here is “legitimate.”
That message really hit home this month as Feather Publishing began shopping rates for our policy’s August renewal. We were shocked to learn that the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau proposed a flat, across-the-board rate increase for all classifications. The 18 percent hike was approved by the California Department of Insurance.