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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: Judge Denies Injunction Against Amazon S.F.

    An employee sues the online giant over conditions at its San Francisco grocery warehouse related to COVID-19. Here’s why the judge says a restraining order is not warranted. Cal-OSHA Reporter

     

    Connecticut state trooper charged with workers compensation fraud

    A 40-year-old Connecticut State Police trooper was charged last week with illegally collecting $47,000 in workers’ compensation from the state after a back injury on the job last summer. Investigators reportedly discovered he operated a t-shirt silk screening business while collecting benefits. Hartford Courant

     

    Connecticut gov orders workers’ comp coverage for COVID

    Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont recently surprised lawmakers and lobbyists by announcing he would sign an executive order creating a presumption that essential employees who contracted COVID-19 during the earliest days of the pandemic are eligible for workers’ compensation. The governor did not define what period will be covered, but it is expected to cover mid-March to May 20, when he ordered a shutdown of schools and many businesses. CtMirror

     

    Illinois county awards $97K to injured corrections officer

    Kane County, Illinois officials have agreed to settle a workers’ compensation claim brought by a former corrections officer who was attacked and disarmed by a detainee in 2017 at a local hospital. The detainee overpowered the officer and took his handgun, then sexually assaulted a nurse whom he had taken hostage before police shot and killed him. Patch (Geneva, Ill.)

     

    Coloradoans face uphill battle to claim workers’ comp for COVID

    Colorado employees are facing an uphill battle to claim workers’ compensation on grounds they were infected at work with COVID. Nearly two-thirds of workers’ compensation claims related to COVID-19 have been initially denied, according to data provided by the Division of Workers’ Compensation. Denver Post