News Digest 3-28-19

California bakery fined more than $166K for coverage lapse

In a judgement filed March 5, a baker in Monterey County was ordered to pay a penalty of $166,080 to the Labor Commissioner’s Uninsured Employers Fund for failure to have workers’ compensation insurance from early April 2017, to the second week of September 2018. The fine amounts to $1,500 per employee, or twice what the business would have paid in premiums during the period they were uninsured, whichever is higher. Monterey County Weekly

California: Salinas cannabis business owner gets probation

The owner of a Salinas, California cannabis delivery service will spend three years on probation for failing to have workers’ compensation insurance, according to Monterey County prosecutors. The company is still open and the 37-year-old owner’s probation terms allow her to continue operating it. Salinas Californian

Connecticut: Board of education employee charged with workers’ comp fraud

47-year-old Windsor, Connecticut Board of Education employee was arrested Tuesday and charged with workers’ compensation fraud. She allegedly altered a doctor’s note to her employer indicating she was unable to return to work, after being cleared to do so. Fox 61 (Hartford, Conn.)

Chicago suburb approves $46K settlement for police officer

Arlington Heights, Illinois officials approved a workers’ compensation settlement for a police officer who is still employed with the police department, marking the second payout to the worker in recent years. Chicago Tribune

Attorney: Medicare liens attached to workers’ compensation claim

When Medicare is involved it is absolutely necessary at the very beginning of a workers’ compensation claim that the worker tell his or her attorney that they are Medicare eligible, writes Alfred P. Vitarelli, a Shareholder and member of Stark & Stark’s Workers’ Compensation Group. National Law Review