workers’ compensation News

Report: Florida’s Workers’ Comp Market Still Strong but Uncertainty Remains

The latest workers’ compensation report from Florida’s insurance regulator says the state’s workers’ compensation market remained competitive and well capitalized in 2014, but reforms put in place by state lawmakers in 2003 may have reached their maximum effectiveness. Findings and …

Washington Refinery Fined Nearly $325K for Workplace Violations

Washington’s Department of Labor & Industries has fined Phillips 66 Refinery $324,000 for failing to correct serious workplace safety and health violations. An L&I inspection of the Ferndale facility found the violations put refinery workers at great risk in case …

1 Worker Dead, 3 Hurt in Explosion at Texas Chemical Plant

Officials say an explosion at a Houston-area chemical plant has left one worker dead and three hurt. Pasadena police say the tank accident happened Saturday afternoon at the PeroxyChem Bayport Plant. A statement from Philadelphia-based PeroxyChem says the workers were …

Workplace Deaths Down in North Dakota Oil Patch

The number of work-related deaths in the North Dakota oil patch in 2015 dropped from the previous year. Occupational Safety and Health Administration data show three such fatalities last year, down from seven in 2014 and 10 in 2013. Eric …

New York Man Accused of Fraud in Collecting $82K From Workers’ Comp

New York authorities have charged a Niagara Falls man with larceny and insurance fraud, accusing him of collecting $82,000 from workers compensation over 13 years while self-employed. Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott says 55-year-old James Reagle is accused of making …

Judge: Iowa Must Pay Nearly $1M in DNR Worker’s Disability Suit

The state must pay nearly $1 million after losing a discrimination lawsuit filed by a longtime Iowa Department of Natural Resources employee who said he was fired because he sought disability accommodations for a job injury, according to court documents …

California Construction Company Owner Nabbed for Workers’ Comp Fraud

The owner of a Northern California construction firm was arrested Thursday on nine felony counts of workers’ compensation insurance fraud and tax evasion totaling $187,707 in losses. William Huffman, 47, of Sacramento, owner of Capitol City Contractors, allegedly underreported $755,899 …

Expert: How Payroll Misclassification Impacts California Workers’ Comp

Premium misclassification or payroll misclassification is a significant issue for the workers’ compensation industry, according to Bret Shroyer, a solutions architect for Denver, Colo.-based Valen Analytics. Shroyer estimates that roughly $22 billion of payroll is misclassified each year, and the …

Former Southern California Insurance Broker Found Guilty of Stealing Premiums

Mia Chang, 51, former insurance broker and owner of Lotte Insurance Services in Southern California, was sentenced for felony insurance fraud and grand theft. Moments after her arrest Chang returned $19,218 in stolen premiums with interest to the owner of …

Owners of Hotel Cleaning Firm in California Charged with $7M Workers’ Comp Fraud

The owners of a janitorial company serving luxury hotels in Southern California and Nevada are charged with running a $7 million workers’ compensation insurance and tax evasion scam, prosecutors announced Monday. Hyok “Steven” Kwon and Woo “Stephanie” Kwon were arrested …