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  • Flash: BAKER RESPONDS TO AUDITOR’S REPORT

    In exclusive interviews and written communications with Workers’ Comp Executive former DIR Director Christine Baker responds directly to the State Auditor’s recent critical report. Baker, in her own inimitable fashion goes directly to the relevant points. This story can’t be found anywhere else – and we include links to the full text of the Auditors […]

  • Division’s Latest Amnesty Program Intended to Boost Reporting by Claims Adjusters

    The California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) is rolling out its second amnesty program of 2017 intended to persuade claims adjusters to comply with state reporting requirements for workers’ comp data. The goal is to increase the amount of Subsequent Report of Injury (SROI) data that makes it into the Workers’ Compensation Information System (WCIS) […]

  • Company Officials Charged in Electrocution

    The Orange County District Attorney has filed criminal charges against the safety coordinator and two other principals of Five Star Plastering, based in Laguna Hills. Its employee was involved in a 2014 electrocution. The employer itself also faces charges. A two-man crew was erecting a banner at the Mission Viejo High School stadium to support […]

  • Insurance Department nabs trio for billing fraud

    The California Department of Insurance arrested three individuals including a registered qualified medical evaluator (QME) in a scheme to defraud health insurers by artificially inflating bills. The three face charges of conspiracy to submit at least $380,000 in fraudulent bills for laboratory services. Arrested were Dr. Edward Albert G. Balbas, chiropractor Jon Brunelle, and Alejandra […]

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    California: CHP veteran arrested after workers’ comp investigation

    A 46-year-old veteran California Highway Patrol assigned to the San Gorgonio office has been arrested and charged with workers’ compensation insurance fraud and grand theft, authorities announced last week. The agency did not say what the activities were, or the amount it believed had been falsely claimed. Press-Enterprise

     

    California: Former Ventura fireman charged with workers’ comp fraud

    A 34-year-old former Ventura County fireman has been charged with three felonies in a case involving alleged workers’ compensation fraud, for allegedly misrepresenting the nature and extent of an industrial injury as well as his true physical abilities. Ventura County Star

     

    Q&A: Employee’s COVID-19 exposure at work

    Q: I heard that employees who contract COVID-19 at work are automatically entitled to workers’ compensation. Is this true? If so, what am I required to do if employees tell me they contracted COVID-19 at work? Workplace law Q&A with Sara Boyns. Monterey Herald

     

    How construction workers’ compensation losses are changing

    While much has remained the same in construction workers’ compensation claims, automobiles hitting workers now seems to exceed slips and trips that don’t involve a fall, accounting for 7.6 percent, or about $800 million, in workers’ compensation costs, according to the Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index. Engineering News-Record