California: Ten cited in Hanford contractor sting

Ten people were cited during a Contractors State License Board sting operation in Hanford, California last week. Of the 10 citations for unlicensed contracting, six of the contractors lacked state-required insurance for their workers. Hanford Sentinel

New York justices say federal law lets AIG unit arbitrate California policies

New York’s highest court ruled Thursday that an American International Group Inc. unit can force businesses into arbitration in the Empire State over side agreements governing California workers’ compensation insurance, finding that the Federal Arbitration Act applies to the agreements. Law360 [may require registration]

Targeted risk control: the key to reducing claims costs for manufacturers

In today’s litigious environment, claims against industrial companies are inevitable, and off-the-shelf solutions to manage liability risks are too often inadequate. In the high-risk manufacturing sector, where large-dollar claims are common, small to middle-market companies struggle to find experienced partners capable of providing targeted risk control and effective techniques to lower loss results and reduce […]

MaineGeneral’s biggest investment? Workplace wellness

Chuck Hays, president and CEO of MaineGeneral Health Services, the state’s third-largest health care system, has no trouble explaining why it’s good business for employers to take a proactive role in helping their workers stay healthy. He’s got MaineGeneral’s Workplace Health department as an example. Per-employee paid health claims for the system’s 4,300 employees have […]

Two Cincinnatians plead guilty in cashing dead worker’s checks

Two Cincinnatians pleaded guilty last month to theft after they were discovered cashing Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation benefit checks for an injured worker who had died. The BWC’s investigation found that while the injured worker died in June 2014, the workers’ comp checks that were mailed to his home continued to be cashed. Cincinnati […]