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A closer look at foot injuries in the workforce - II

Serious work injuries can cause significant disruptions for employers, including decreased productivity, increased insurance premiums and steep work comp costs. As such, employers will typically do their best to provide safe workplaces that protect their workers from neck, back, knee and other common work-related injuries. While this is laudable, are employers missing another fairly common but equally devastating injury?

San Francisco Fire Department appealing Cal OSHA fines

Most stories discussing serious work injuries seem to inevitably involve private sector employers who have failed to take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of their employees and who are now facing potential violations from the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA). However, it's important to remember that private sector employers are not the only ones who may be issued Cal/OSHA violations. Public sector employers may also be cited by the state agency.

Feds relying more on video surveillance in work comp fraud cases

There is no disputing that employee fraud -- in the form of falsely applying for and receiving work comp benefits -- costs private employers here in California, and across the U.S. millions of dollars each year. However, the fallout from this work comp fraud is not just limited to the private sector. In fact, federal agencies are constantly struggling with the issue and many are now resorting to time-tested methods of catching fraudulent behavior.

A closer look at foot injuries in the workforce

There is no question that serious work injuries can cause significant disruptions for employers, including decreased productivity, increased insurance premiums and steep work comp costs. As such, employers will typically do their best to provide safe workplaces that protect their workers from neck, back, knee and other common work-related injuries. While this is laudable, are employers missing another fairly common but equally devastating injury?

Wife of Orange Co. contractor sentenced in work comp fraud case

In a previous workers' compensation defense post, we reported on how a Laguna Hills couple was facing a multitude of criminal charges for orchestrating what the Orange County District Attorney's Office called one of the largest work comp fraud schemes in California history.

Legislation to reform federal work comp system advances

Reform of the federal workers' compensation system has emerged as a significant issue on Capitol Hill over the course of the last year. For example, Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) sponsored legislation back in February that would transition both federal and postal employees who suffered work injuries from the work comp system to the applicable retirement system upon reaching the retirement age of 65.

Study explores safety of green building projects

From technology and manufacturing to agriculture and finance, we are often at the forefront of major industry shifts in California. One industry in particular that has undergone a significant shift here in the Golden State over the past few years is construction. Specifically, more and more builders are now converting to "green" or environmentally friendly projects. However, did you know that these projects present an elevated risk of decreased productivity, and the incurrence of both workers' compensation defense costs and large fines?

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