workers’ comopensation News

Md. Woman Convicted of Disability Fraud, Faces Up to 5 Years in Jail

Prosecutors say a woman who collected federal disability benefits while operating a fitness center has been convicted of making false statements to obtain those benefits. A jury convicted 48-year-old Darlene Altvater of Mechanicsville, Maryland, on Tuesday in U.S. District Court …

Moran Out as Calif. Workers’ Comp Admin Director

Rosa Moran, one of the members of Gov. Jerry Brown’s Department of Industrial Relations team that helped to hammer out a last-minute deal to reform California’s workers’ compensation system, has stepped down. The announcement was made on Thursday by DIR …

Workers’ Comp Deal in the Works for California

In a hush-hush environment over the last several months it appears that those who seek workers’ compensation reform have been given hope, despite the looming close to California’s legislative session. And that hope may come in the form of a …

Group Warns Bills Pending in N.Y. Could Make Workers’ Comp More Costly

A New York-based business association warns that two bills currently before the State Legislature could rollback cost savings created in the 2007 workers’ compensation reforms.According to The Business Council of New York State, S.3749-C/A.5183 would allow an injured employee to …

Massey Criticizes Federal Report on West Virginia Mine Disaster

The company that owned the coal mine where 29 miners died in the worst U.S. mining disaster in four decades concluded the explosion was the result of unpreventable natural gas buildup and not coal dust, contradicting the findings of an …

Workplace Deaths Rise in North Carolina; Overall Injury Rate Drops

There were 48 fatal workplace accidents in North Carolina in 2010, a tally that is up from 34 in the previous year but below the five-year average of 53.2. At the same time, the state’s overall injury and illness rate …