Núñez Appointment to Workers’ Comp Insurer Board Sparks Criticism
On Monday, the workers' compensation insurer Zenith National Insurance named former Assembly Speaker Fabian NÃºÃ±ez (D-Los Angeles) to its board of directors, a move that drew immediate criticism from a consumer advocacy group, the Sacramento Bee reports.
NÃºÃ±ez was speaker of the Assembly in 2004 when legislation overhauling the state workers' compensation insurance system was approved.
Doug Heller -- executive director of Consumer Watchdog, a group that monitors the insurance industry -- called the legislation a "complete giveaway" to the industry.Â
Regarding NÃºÃ±ez's appointment, Heller said, "This is the revolving door working at its worst."
NÃºÃ±ez said, "I'm in the private sector now, so I make no apologies for being on this board or any other board that might reach out to me and ask me to be a part of it."Zenith filings indicate that directors are paid $90,000 annually, with an additional $40,000 for each committee on which directors serve (Goldmacher, Sacramento Bee, 12/2). This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.