Navigating Workers’ Compensation Changes in the COVID-19 Era
June 23, 2020 9:00 am - 11:00 am Pacific Time
COVID-19’s Impact on California Workers’ Comp Rules
The WCIRB will be discussing the rules arising from COVID-19 to the California Workers’ Compensation Uniform Statistical Reporting Plan—1995 (USRP) and California Workers’ Compensation Experiencing Rating Plan—1995 (ERP).
Speaker: Brian Gray, WCIRB Director, Classification Administration and Education
Workers’ Compensation Legislation in the COVID-19 Era
Even in a legislative session truncated by the Coronavirus pandemic, multiple bills are pending in the California Legislature that could substantially impact employers’ duties and liabilities, employee safety, and future premium costs within the workers’ compensation system. Get an executive summary of the most important bills, and experts’ predictions about what will happen next, from IIABCal General Counsel Steve Young and Legislative Advocate John Norwood—one of the most effective lobbyists in Sacramento.
John Norwood, Lobbyist, Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of California
Steve Young, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of California
Moderator: Clark Payan, CEO, Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of California
Bill Mudge is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California, (the WCIRB), which he joined as CEO in 2011 following a 30 year career in the California insurance industry.
At the WCIRB, Bill has led a historic transformation of the company to become a leader in research and analytics, and, in the development of customer-valued products and services that are integral to a healthy workers’ compensation system.
Prior to joining the WCIRB, Bill held insurance company roles that included founding CEO of CompWest Insurance Company, CEO of Golden Eagle Insurance Company and Chief Underwriting Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Industrial Indemnity.
Brian Gray is the Director, Classification Administration and Education for the WCIRB. Mr. Gray joined the WCIRB in 1987 and has over 30 years direct experience in the application of the California Workers' Compensation Uniform Statistical Reporting Plan—1995 (USRP). His previous positions with the WCIRB include Director, Classification Research, Field Representative, Classifier/Test Audit Reviewer, Classification Research Analyst, Manager of the Policy Examination Department, and Quality Assurance Director in the WCIRB’s Classification and Test Audit Department.
Clark Payan is Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of California (IIABCal). A graduate of Eastern Illinois University, Clark has 40 years of experience in the insurance industry. He began his insurance career in 1979 with his family’s independent insurance agency located in Palos Heights, Illinois. After several years as an Account Executive with Payan-Stitt Corporation, Clark moved to Denver, Colorado and subsequently held positions in the Underwriting and Marketing Departments of Aetna Life & Casualty PFSD.
In 1986, Clark relocated to San Francisco, California and served as Agency Services Director for the state association. He returned to the family agency in 1988 and in 1991 Payan-Stitt Corporation consolidated with Wm. H. Thompson & Company to form Payan, Alberts & Thompson, Ltd. Clark served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Payan, Alberts & Thompson, Ltd. until his return to the Bay Area and the state association (then named IBA West) in January, 1999. Clark initially took over duties as President of IBA West Service Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of IBA West.
Clark in 2004 assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer for IBA West, which later changed its name to IIABCal. Clark also serves as President of Independent Insurance Producers Service Corp, IIABCal’s for-profit subsidiary. He is a charter recipient of the Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI) and the Associate in Management (AIM) professional designations. He also is a recognized Graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organizational Management (IOM).
John Norwood is one of California's top legislative advocates and principal of Norwood & Associates, considered the leader in the state's insurance and financial services sector, representing a blue-chip list of business, insurance and financial clients.
His career has spanned more than 30 years in various capacities representing clients before the California Legislature and regulatory agencies. During that time, Norwood was one of the chief lobbyists for the California Manufacturers Association; founded and managed the Sacramento law and lobbying office of Heron, Burchette, Ruckert & Rothwell, a national political firm; and operated his own government relations firm for more than 20 years representing numerous clients before the California Legislature and regulatory agencies.
One of the most experienced lobbyists in Sacramento, Norwood has earned a reputation as an expert in government relations, with access on both sides of the political aisle. In 1980 the California Journal named him "one of the rising stars in the lobbying business".
In 2004, the Los Angeles Times stated “for three decades Norwood has been in the middle of the scrum in most major insurance struggles in California.” California's leading political magazine, Capitol Weekly, named him the “Most Trustworthy” lobbyist as a result of their 2010 poll of legislators and chiefs of staff.
His successes include leading several hard-fought campaigns to amend California's insurance rate regulations statutes, reforming California's insurance agents and brokers licensing laws, obtaining numerous amendments to California's new privacy law for various clients, rebuffing challenges to title insurance and home warranty statutes, and defending against amendments to California's franchise law.
Norwood graduated from the California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor’s Degree in Government. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.
Steve provides counsel on all corporate legal matters affecting the non-profit trade association and its subsidiaries, represents the interests of independent insurance agents and brokers at regulatory hearings conducted by the California Department of Insurance and other state agencies, coordinates the Association’s involvement in litigation affecting insurance producers, and provides legal research and support to the Association’s legislative advocates.
Young has served on the Insurance Law Committee of the State Bar of California, was a charter member of the Agent and Broker Advisory Committee to the California Insurance Commissioner and is a frequent speaker and author on legal and regulatory developments affecting the business of insurance. He was the 2007 recipient of the IIABCal Ramsden/Sullivan Memorial Award. Prior to joining IIABCal, he was Western Region counsel for the American Insurance Association, and also worked at Cassel & Abraham, a San Francisco labor law firm representing employers.
He holds a Juris Doctor Degree, as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism, from The University of Kansas, and is a former member of the Chancellor’s Club Advisory Board of the KU Endowment Association.
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