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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

  • San Jose poised to outsource entire workers’ comp unit

    San Jose may outsource the rest of its embattled workers’ compensation unit, which has repeatedly come under fire for problems that largely stem from a lack of staffing and already relies on a third-party contractor to handle about half of all claims. The proposal coming before the City Council on Tuesday would allocate $8.5 million […]

  • California: Bill would protect bus drivers from being assaulted

    Long Beach-area Democratic Rep. Grace Napolitano has introduced a bill that would require transit agencies install protective driver barriers on all buses, draw up plans to ensure bus driver safety and hand over data on operator assaults to the Federal Transit Administration. She says the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority averages about 130 bus […]

  • California: Ridgecrest council votes to increase workers’ comp budget

    The Ridgecrest City Council recently voted to increase appropriations for the fiscal year 2017-2018 budget for workers’ compensation claims by $390,000, to come from the city’s self-insurance fund. According to a staff report, the city clerk has been working with a third party administrator to close long-time workers’ comp claims. Daily Independent

  • Korea: Injuries during lunch breaks to count as workplace accidents

    According to the Korea Workers’ Compensation and Welfare Service, employees who get injured while going to and from restaurants during lunch breaks will be able to receive compensation for the accident. The revised regs will provide compensation for workers who get into an accident while moving within a “socially acceptable” distance during lunch hours. Korea […]

  • New York: Albany sees spike in workers’ comp costs

    Workers’ compensation costs for the city of Albany spiked by $912,000 in 2017, but city officials say it could have been worse. The city replaced its workers’ compensation administrator in 2016 after an outside review, and had expected to save the city $250,000 in administrative fees. Albany Times Union