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New laws affecting California Business Insurance in 2024

New laws affecting California Business Insurance in 2024

Sora Shimazaki

Navigating the Shifting Landscape: New Laws in 2024 Affecting California Business Insurance

As the sun set on 2023 and the Golden State welcomes 2024, California businesses are adjusting to a fresh legal landscape. While not every new law directly impacts the insurance industry, a few key changes deserve your attention.

1. Insurer Fraud Reporting:

Gone are the days of operating in the shadows. A new law modifies insurer fraud reporting, requiring insurers and self-insured employers to report suspected fraud to the California Department of Insurance (CDI) or county district attorneys. This increased transparency aims to crack down on fraudulent claims and protect legitimate businesses from inflated premiums.

2. Enhanced Collaboration Against Fraud:

The CDI is now empowered to meet directly with insurers and self-insured employers to discuss suspected insurance fraud. This collaborative approach fosters information sharing and strengthens the fight against fraudulent activity. Remember, cooperation is key!

3. Workers' Compensation Fraud Penalties:

The penalties for workers' compensation fraud have been stiffened, sending a clear message that such activity will not be tolerated. Businesses can expect steeper fines and even criminal charges for fraudulent claims.

4. Minimum Wage Hike:

While not directly related to insurance, the California minimum wage increase to $16 per hour as of January 1, 2024, could indirectly impact workers' compensation premiums. Businesses should factor this change into their insurance calculations.

5. Non-Compete Agreements:

Get ready to say goodbye to non-compete agreements! Two new laws render them unenforceable in California, starting in 2024. This significant change could impact employee turnover and insurance policies related to employee poaching.

Beyond the Headlines:

Remember, these are just some of the noteworthy changes. It's crucial to stay informed about all new laws and regulations that might impact your business and insurance coverage. Consulting with a qualified insurance broker can help you navigate the evolving legal landscape and ensure you have the right protection in place.

Proactive Steps for California Businesses:

  • Review your insurance policies: Ensure your coverage aligns with the new legal landscape.
  • Communicate with your employees: Inform them about the changes regarding non-compete agreements and minimum wage.
  • Stay informed: Keep yourself updated on emerging laws and regulations that might affect your business.
  • Seek professional guidance: Consult with an insurance broker or legal professional for tailored advice.