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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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    Flash: Pot Use Unacceptable for Both ‘Safety Sensitive’ and Office Workers

    Surprisingly, California law provides employers with a wide leeway when it comes to marijuana. It’s not only about physical safety. Get the story here. Workers’ Comp Executive

     

    Flash: AB 5 Amendments Coming, Author Tweets

    Indications are that a few changes are in the works for the controversial AB 5 legislation that’s been disrupting business across the state. Which industries are at the front of the line? Get the details by clicking here. Workers’ Comp Executive

     

    California: Former Santa Clara police officer charged with workers’ comp fraud

    A 53-year-old former Santa Clara police officer has been charged with worker’s comp fraud for faking an injury in order to receive disability payments. His wife, a former Santa Clara County Sheriff’s lieutenant, was arrested and convicted year ago for a similar felony. Last July, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office began an investigation after an insurance carrier claimed Henderson was seen at a fitness facility in Las Vegas exercising rigorous workouts. NBC Bay Area

     

    Missouri lawmakers address PTSD coverage for first responders

    First responders recently recounted their traumatizing experiences during a Missouri Senate committee hearing, testifying in favor of a bill that would make it easier for them to receive workers’ compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder. If the measure is enacted, they would have a presumption in a workers’ comp claim that the mental health issue is work-related, although the employer would still have the opportunity to prove otherwise. MDJOnline/Neighbor Newspapers

     

    North Dakota lawmakers hear arguments on recreational cannabis

    Currently, if an employee in North Dakota who is under the influence of marijuana is injured on the job, the impairment would be presumed to have caused the injury, and the employee would not have grounds to file a workers’ compensation claim. Supporters, opponents and field experts on the issue of recreational marijuana recently argued their cases before North Dakota legislators, nine months before voters in the state could opt to legalize it. Dickinson Press