Workers Compensation News

California Governor Announces Workers’ Comp Presumption for COVID-19

California Gov. Gavin Newsom today announced that workers who contract COVID-19 while on the job may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation. The governor signed an executive order that creates a time-limited rebuttable presumption for accessing workers’ comp benefits applicable …

Explosion at Anglo American Coal Mine in Australia Injures 5, Halts Production

An explosion halted production on Wednesday at a coal mine run by Anglo American in Australia’s northeastern state of Queensland, injuring five people just months after a review of the industry called for better regulation. The incident is the company’s …

California State Fund Pledging $50M for Essential Workers During COVID-19 Crisis

California’s State Compensation Insurance Fund announced on Monday that it will establish two new funds to support the health and recovery of essential workers and workplace safety during the COVID-19 crisis. The first fund, the Essential Worker Support Fund, is …

California Commissioner on Immigrant Eligibility for Workers’ Comp Benefits

California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara today alerted insurance companies that all workers affected by COVID-19 on the job are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits regardless of their immigration status. Lara’s alert includes workers engaged in occupations such as healthcare, emergency …

California’s State Fund Announces Credit Extensions, Moratorium on Cancellations

California’s State Compensation Insurance Fund announced several steps to support policyholders during the COVID-19 crisis, including a moratorium on policy cancellations and late payment penalties. State Fund also said it will extend credit to any business negatively impacted by COVID-19 …

Analysis: How a Recession Affects Return to Work by Injured Workers

With the COVID-19 virus causing economic disruption, the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute would like to share the findings from a study it published in 2010 that sheds light on how a typical recession affects the return to work of injured …

Arizona Court Rules Workers’ Comp OK for Cops’ High-Stress Situations

An Arizona court ruling stemming from a sheriff’s deputy’s encounter with a shotgun-wielding man says law enforcement officers can claim workers’ compensation benefits if diagnosed with PTSD or other mental conditions because of extraordinary high stressful incidents on the job. …

Coronavirus, Pandemics and Workers’ Compensation

This week’s Academy Journal entry comes to us from friend of the Academy, Chris Boggs. Click and check out what he’s been up to. A pandemic is defined as, “an outbreak of a disease that occurs over a wide geographic …

Arizona Senate Passes Bill Boosting Firefighter Cancer Workers’ Comp Coverage

The Arizona Senate has passed a bill designed to boost protections for firefighters and other first responders who are diagnosed with cancers linked to the workplace. The proposal from Republican Sen. Heather Carter ensures that listed cancers contracted by firefighters …

California IHOP Cook Arrested for Workers’ Compensation Fraud

California Department of Insurance detectives arrested Jonathan Quezada, 28, on multiple felony counts of insurance fraud and workers’ compensation insurance fraud after he allegedly falsified an insurance claim to receive unearned workers’ compensation benefits costing Californians over $22,000. Quezada was …