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April 2013 Archives

Bill closing work comp loophole for pro athletes approved by Assembly committee

The matchup between team owners and former professional athletes over reform of the workers' compensation system here in California now sits at 1-0 after an important committee vote held in Sacramento earlier this week.

Bill calls for Michigan to join ranks of states granting work comp for firefighter cancer

In workers' compensation defense news, lawmakers in the state of Michigan are currently considering a bill that would extend much-needed benefits to those firefighters who develop a potentially deadly disease that many believe can be traced to the inherently dangerous nature of their profession.

Cal/OSHA once again reminding employers to keep it cool this summer

While large portions of the nation are coping with the fallout from snowstorms, torrential rain and other severe weather outbreaks, the weather continues to remain hot and sunny throughout the state of California.

Former athletes gather in Sacramento to speak out against bill closing work comp loophole

Last month, Assemblyman Henry Perea (D-Fresno) unveiled legislation designed to amend the state labor code such that the legal loophole allowing professional athletes from out-of-state organizations to seek work comp benefits here in California would be effectively closed.

San Bernardino County continuing its crackdown on work comp fraud

Last week, our blog discussed how the Workers' Comp Fraud Unit of the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office declared that it was ramping up its efforts to prosecute both uninsured employers and business owners who fail to abide by the state's employment and work comp laws.

Needles, sharp surgical objects pose serious injury risk to medical professionals

At first blush, you may not think that operating rooms and construction sites, warehouses or other industrial settings have much in common. While this is obviously true from a functional perspective, these work sites actually all do share a common thread: an elevated risk of work injuries.

WCIRB: No mid-year increase in work comp case rates

In workers' compensation defense news, the governing committee of the Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California -- the organization that advises the state's Insurance Commissioner on workers' compensation base rates -- convened for a meeting in San Francisco yesterday to discuss a possible rate change.

San Bernardino County business owner facing several counts of work comp fraud

Over the last year, multiple agencies here in the state of California -- including the Department of Industrial Relations, the Workers' Compensation Insurance Fraud Unit and District Attorneys in several counties -- have joined forces as part of a concerted effort to crack down on the "underground economy," meaning both uninsured employers, and those employers who abuse state employment and work comp laws.

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