Workers Compensation News

California DIR Suspends 7 Workers’ Comp Medical Providers for Fraud

California’s Department of Industrial Relations and its Division of Workers’ Compensation has suspended seven medical providers from participating in the state’s workers’ comp system. The providers were convicted of workers’ comp fraud or have been suspended from the Medicare or …

Report: California’s Central Coast Accounting for More of State’s Comp Claims

California’s Central Coast has been accounting for more of the state’s workers’ compensation claims recently, a new report issued today shows. The California Workers’ Compensation Institute has issued a new Regional Score Card, the sixth in its research series that …

Wisconsin, Minnesota AGs Combine Efforts in Painkiller Abuse Battle

Minnesota and Wisconsin are teaming up to tackle prescription painkiller abuse. The attorneys general from both states met at the Minnesota Capitol Monday to discuss their “Dose of Reality” campaign. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson says prescription opioid deaths now …

Former Washington Corrections Officer Jailed In $100K Workers’ Comp Scam

A former Washington state corrections officer accused of holding three jobs while claiming he was too disabled to work will serve seven days behind bars along with home detention. John J. Gruden, 44, pleaded guilty to felony, first-degree theft in …

Cost of Most Serious Workplace Injuries Falls: Liberty Mutual

Workplace injuries and accidents that cause employees to miss six or more days of work cost U.S. employers $59.9 billion in 2014, the most recent year for which statistically valid injury data are available, according to the 2017 Liberty Mutual …

California Report Shows Lower Bay Area Workers’ Comp Claims Costs

A report out today shows that San Francisco Bay Area residents account for 17.5 percent of California job injury claims but only 15. percent of claim costs. The report by the California Workers’ Compensation Institute points to several reasons for …

Oregon’s New Fall Protections Now 6′ And Up for Home Builders

A state regulation that took effect Jan. 1 requires Oregon construction contractors to make sure workers are protected from falls if work is done six or more feet above a surface. The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division said the …

Report on California Workers’ Comp Shows Sharp Increase in ALAE Costs

Allocated loss adjustment expense costs have increased sharply over the last several years despite implementation of many of the components of a workers’ compensation reform law intended to reduce total loss adjustment expense levels, a report out today from the …

California Labor Commissioner Nails Taxi Company for Failure to Carry Comp

Santa Rosa, Calif. taxi company A-C Transportation Services Inc. has agreed to settle a $522,300 citation for refusing to provide its 30 drivers with workers’ compensation insurance coverage and for misclassifying them as independent contractors. California Labor Commissioner Julie A. …

California DIR Releases Overview of Upcoming New Laws

The California Department of Industrial Relations has released its 2016 Legislative Digest, which summarizes new laws that impact workers and employers. Most of the chaptered bills are slated to take effect on Jan. 1, 2017. Highlights those new laws include: …