Shaun Kelly, Tolman & Wiker, CALSAGA Preferred Broker

Happy New Year and hope the year is starting off well for everyone!

With each new year come changes, some not so good and some not so bad. For good news, some reporting requirements for COVID-19 positive tests have been removed. Here is a “Policyholder email” from the State Fund explaining the changes that take effect January 1, 2024:

The new changes apply to all insurance carriers and employers, not just the State Fund clients.

COVID-19 injuries can still be reported, however they are to be managed just like any other industrial injury. Just like with any industrial injury, a thorough and complete claim investigation into the events leading up to the injury will assist in determining whether a claim is work-related.

We wanted to start off with some good news and we wish everyone a great year in 2024!

Take care.

Shaun Kelly joined Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services in 2005.  He specializes in all lines of property and casualty insurance for industries including contract security firms, agriculture, construction, oil and gas. Shaun received a BS in Business Administration with a major in Finance from California State University in Fresno, California. He is an active member of several industry associations, including the Association CALSAGA, the Kern County Builders Exchange and the Independent Insurance Agents of Kern County. Shaun can be reached at 661-616-4700 or