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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 […]

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  • Bills target Hawaii’s opioid crisis

    In Hawaii, where opioid drug overdoses are one of the leading causes of death, several bills that target the crisis are on the governor’s desk. One would allow pharmacists to prescribe certain medication in case of a drug overdose. The legislature says opioid-related overdoses racked up about $9.8 million in hospital costs in 2016. KITV […]

  • 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 […]

  • West Virginia justices find Rhode Island widow eligible for workers’ comp

    Overturning a decision by the West Virginia Workers’ Compensation Board of Review, the state’s Supreme Court has ruled that the widow of a Rhode Island man who was killed at a hotel while on the job in West Virginia may collect West Virginia workers’ compensation. The board had ruled that she could not do so […]