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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

  • CPUC fines BART $1.3M over track worker deaths

    The California Public Utilities Commission last week fined BART $1.3 million Thursday for safety violations that resulted in the deaths of two track workers who were struck and killed by a train in 2013. One family ultimately settled with BART. Their lawsuit and workers’ compensation claim are both separate from the CPUC fine. San Francisco […]

  • City approves $1.8M payout to LAPD officer who accused boss of sexual harassment

    A Los Angeles police officer who accused an internal affairs lieutenant of sexual harassment and ordering surveillance of her when she rejected his advances will receive a $1.8-million payout from the city. The lieutenant retired earlier this year and was enrolled in the city’s controversial retirement program that pays police officers and firefighters their salaries […]

  • Report addresses workplace stress

    Most employers realize it’s a good idea to assure their workplaces are free of health threats to employees, but can the same be said for psychological threats to health? Mental Health America earlier this year released a report addressing the psychological impacts of the nation’s workplaces. What did it find? New Hampshire Business Review

  • Florida’s CFO warns about post-storm scams

    Florida Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is warning northwest Florida residents that scammers and crooked contractors are already preying on families in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, and that his agency already has “boots on the ground” looking for perpetrators. Northwest Florida Daily News (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.)

  • Cancer-stricken Texas fireman wins workers’ comp battle

    A former fireman for the city of Mission, Texas has become the first kidney cancer survivor in Texas to win a workers’ compensation claim against an insurance company. The Texas Municipal League had contended that he did not develop cancer on the job. KRGV (Rio Grande Valley, Texas) [with video]