Newport Beach business owner pays $1.7M in restitution

The 52-year-old owner of a Newport Beach, California business who was charged with workers’ compensation fraud and tax evasion finished paying $1.7 million in restitution Friday and, as a result, received a sentence reduction, according to his attorney. The fraud came to light when a man fell from a ladder and filed a workers’ compensation […]

Bay Area buffet owners charged with stealing $6.5M

Several owners and managers of a Bay Area Chinese restaurant face 28 charges that include conspiracy, wage theft and workers’ compensation fraud. Former employees who testified before a Contra Costa County grand jury described being housed in crowded, racially segregated dorms, and being bused to work 12-hour shifts six days a week without adequate breaks. […]

Louisiana’s opioid epidemic is a ‘prescription for disaster’

As the use and abuse of prescription painkillers has skyrocketed in Louisiana, which is one of only eight states with more opioid prescriptions than residents, business owners are expressing growing concern over the workforce and the strain of increased turnover rates and prescription drug costs, which some businesses identify as their fastest-growing expense. According to […]

Australia: Bullrider claims workers’ comp after severe injury

A test case filed by a 22-year-old who was severely injured in a bullriding accident in 2014 near Sydney has set a precedent that may help other bullriders receive workers’ compensation for their injuries. His attorney had argued that insurance coverage under an industry policy was inadequate. Sydney Morning Herald

New Jersey: Paterson pays out $480K in workers’ comp

With the three biggest claims coming from firemen, the Paterson, New Jersey city council settled 11 workers’ compensation cases last week, paying out close to $480,00. The city will pay out the claims from its temporary budget for fiscal year 2018 which starts in July. In fiscal year 2016, the city spent $6.5 million to […]

New Jersey: Paterson rejects $34K injury payment for retired police chief

In contrast with the routine approvals that its council normally gives workers’ compensation settlements, the city of Paterson, New Jersey has rejected a $34,857 workers’ compensation payment for a retired police chief who claimed he was injured in a 2011 fall. One member of the council says she voted against the settlement on grounds that […]

Ohio town fights officer’s workers’ comp claim

Carroll Township, Ohio, is fighting against paying workers’ compensation for one of its former police officers. The 50-year-old officer resigned from the force last November after being charged with felony stalking. The township argues the officer’s purported knee injury was not sustained during the course of his employment with its police force. Sandusky Register

Ohio: Ten reasons not to commit workers’ compensation fraud

As of May 31, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation had secured 64 convictions this year on charges related to workers’ comp fraud. Here are some success stories from the BWC’s Special Investigations Department. Norwalk Reflector