Woodland, California man convicted of fraud

A Woodland, California resident has pleaded no contest to charges of failing to provide workers’ compensation insurance and contracting without a license. The District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday that Angel Octavio Montoy Del Rio, 35, will receive three years informal probation, 120 hours of community service and a fine of around $41,000. According to the […]

Kia dancing hamster pleads no contest in disability fraud case

While he was claiming disability insurance, Leroy Barnes was busy busting a move — as a hip, dancing hamster. On Friday, authorities announced that the dancing-rodent impersonator had pleaded no contest to one count each of insurance fraud and false statements regarding aid. Los Angeles Times

Thoroughbred owners in California to receive higher participation bonuses

In an effort to offset rising costs for workers’ compensation in California, Thoroughbred owners will receive higher participation bonuses for each starter beginning Feb. 1, according to a statement released by the Thoroughbred Owners of California on Friday. Beginning Feb. 1 at Golden Gate Fields and Santa Anita, horse owners will have $95 deducted from […]

Yorba Linda car wash to pay workers $68K in back wages, damages

A Yorba Linda, California car wash that cheated 16 of its workers must pay $68,656 in back wages and damages, federal officials said Tuesday. Riverbend Hand Car Wash made its employees arrive at a certain hour in the morning but refused to pay them for their time until a manager called them to clean cars, […]

Does workers’ compensation matter for cervical disc arthroplasty outcomes?

A new study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery examines the effect of workers’ compensation status for cervical disc arthroplasty. The researchers examined data on 189 patients who underwent cervical disc arthroplasty; 144 patients received workers’ compensation while 45 didn’t. Becker’s Spine Review

Workplace law: Removal of ‘alien’ from Labor Code

Question: I recently heard that there are new California laws removing the word “alien” from the Labor Code and providing workers’ compensation benefits to undocumented workers. Will these laws require employers to make changes in their policies and practices related to immigrant or undocumented workers? Monterey Herald