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]