California Department of Industrial Relations News

California Governor Names Hagen Department of Industrial Relations Director

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has named Katrina S. Hagen director of the California Department of Industrial Relations. She fills the position vacated by former director Christine Baker, who retired in 2018. Hagen, 47, of Sacramento, has served as chief deputy …

California’s 376 Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2017 Equals Previous Year, Report Shows

The California Department of Industrial Relations issued a report on Tuesday showing that 376 Californians died on the job in 2017, the same as in 2016. California’s workplace fatality rate remains stable with slight fluctuations over the past eight years, …

Report on California Workers’ Comp Shows 227 Medical Providers Suspended

The California Department of Industrial Relations on Monday issued a progress report on its anti-fraud efforts, including updates on the suspension of 227 medical providers from treating California’s injured workers and the dismissal of 292,000 illegitimate liens with claims valued …

California Reports 2016 Fatal Occupational Injuries Down

The California Department of Industrial Relations is reporting that 376 Californians died on the job in 2016, down slightly from the 388 deaths in 2015. A review of the past 12 years indicates that workplace fatalities in California remain below …

California’s Nonfatal Worker Injuries Remained Steady in 2016

The California Department of Industrial Relations has released the 2016 occupational injury and illness data on employer-reported injuries that shows nonfatal worker injured remained steady in the state. Estimates provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Survey of Occupational …

California Workers’ Comp Medical Review Runs Through 13K Disputes Each Month

A new progress report from the California Department of Industrial Relations on the department’s independent medical review program shows that 13,000 decisions run through the medical dispute resolution process each month. The report, 2017 Independent Medical Review Report: Analysis of …

Workplace Regulation to Reduce Incidents at California Oil Refineries OK’d

California’s Department of Industrial Relations’ Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board today approved a regulation aimed at strengthening workplace safety and health at oil refineries across the state. The new regulation is designed to provide a framework for anticipating, preventing …

California Division of Workers’ Compensation Suspends Two, Including Drobot

California’s Department of Industrial Relations and the Division of Workers’ Compensation has suspended two more medical providers from participating in California’s workers’ compensation system. The suspensions were made possible by the passage last year of Assembly Bill 1244, which requires …

California Division of Workers’ Compensation Suspends 4 Medical Providers

California’s Department of Industrial Relations and the Division of Workers’ Compensation has suspended four more medical providers from participating in California’s workers’ compensation system. The suspensions were made possible by the passage last year of Assembly Bill 1244, which requires …

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 …