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  • 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 […]

  • Applicant attorney suspended, awaits sentencing

    State officials suspended a Southern California applicant attorney from practicing law in California, and the attorney is awaiting sentencing for tax fraud. The fraudulent activity stemmed from reputed charitable donations that were actually payments for client referrals. The California State Bar suspended attorney Ronald Mix’s license indefinitely effective September 26. The move follows Mix’s conviction […]

Curated Content Articles of Interest from Around the Web

  • 2019 Rate Cut Deeper Than Carriers Wanted

    The 2019 rate decision is in and it is good news for California employers. How deep is Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones’ final pure premium rate cut? Get the details here. Workers’ Comp Executive

  • Florida: Pinellas sting nets 35 unlicensed contractors

    Pinellas County, Florida detectives arrested 35 unlicensed contractors, resulting in 65 criminal charges, following a sting conducted at a vacant storefront in Madeira Beach. Undercover detectives were solicited by unlicensed specialty contracting suspects who offered to perform illegal unlicensed contracting work at the storefront. WFTS (Tampa Bay)

  • South Carolina first responders struggle to find long-term PTSD support

    A 2013 study active-duty police officers by State University of New York at Buffalo and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health researchers found about 16 percent of participants screened positive for PTSD, and more than 75 percent reported experiencing a traumatic event within a month of the study. In South Carolina, lawmakers in 2016 […]