Workers Compensation News

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 …

Oregon Worker Who Died Was Operating Faulty Equipment

A Benton County, Ore. road worker who died on the job was operating a poorly maintained piece of leased logging equipment that was owned by his supervisor’s son, according to findings from two investigations. Pete Neuman, 59, was using a …

Today is the Most Dangerous Day for Colorado Workers, Report Shows

Jan. 9 is the most dangerous day of the year for Colorado workers, a new report shows. Pinnacol Assurance analyzed data to identify the most dangerous day for workers in Colorado, and found that over the past five years that …

Report: Salaries at California State Fund Being Questioned

Salaries at California’s State Compensation Fund are being called into question by some people in the state Capitol, it’s being reported. State Fund recruited a high-priced team of former executives from the private sector to turn it around after years …

Washington Roofer Fined Nearly $375K for Putting Workers at Risk

A roofing company in Snohomish, Wash. is facing large fines from the state for multiple worker safety hazards and their violations at three different jobsites. After receiving calls from concerned neighbors, the Department of Labor & Industries opened inspections into …