July 1, 1997
John Hopper, area supervisor for the Division of Workers' Compensation's Information and Assistance Unit since 1995, has been promoted to manager of DWC's Claims Unit, Administrative Director Casey L. Young has announced.
"I'm pleased John has accepted this assignment to head this critical function at DWC," Young said. "He has an extensive background in the state's workers' compensation system and will make a valuable addition to our management team."
The Claims Unit administers two important DWC programs, the Uninsured Employers' Fund (UEF) and Subsequent Injuries Fund (SIF). The UEF administers benefit payments to injured workers whose employers were illegally uninsured, while the SIF provides additional compensation to workers who already had a disability or impairment at the time of injury. It enables employers to hire disabled workers without fear of being liable for their prior injuries.
A graduate of the University of California, Riverside, Hopper began his workers' compensation career as a claims administrator for the State Compensation Insurance Fund in 1977. He also served in sales and as a training supervisor there. From 1985 to 1990 he was a workers' compensation administrator for the County of Kern.
Hopper joined the Division of Workers' Compensation as an information and assistance officer in 1990 and moved up to area supervisor five years later.
For the past 10 years he has taught workers' compensation law for the Insurance Education Association. He is also a doctoral candidate in civil administration at Pacific Western University.