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February 2011 Archives

Owners of popular Japanese restaurants sent to prison for insurance fraud, sales tax evasion

In recent uninsured employer news, a California restaurateur was sentenced to two years in prison earlier this week after pleading guilty to a multitude of insurance fraud and sales tax evasion charges.

Supreme Court to decide case involving death benefits paid under federal maritime and offshore drilling laws

In recent workers' compensation defense news, the Supreme Court of the United States agreed just yesterday to hear a rather interesting work comp case involving the payment of benefits under federal maritime and offshore drilling laws.

Social media websites emerging as valuable weapon in fight against work comp fraud

It's not uncommon to scan the internet news headlines and read stories about supposedly injured employees photographed by investigators playing football with friends or working out at a local gym.

Study: Injured workers may not benefit from spinal fusion surgery

Every year, thousands of employees working in a variety of different fields injure their lower backs. In many situations, these back-related work injuries can be very serious and even potentially debilitating. Moreover, they frequently result in extended time away from work and increased costs for employers.

Work comp exclusive remedy for man injured by coworker's prank

A recent workers' compensation case before a California Court of Appeal explored the issue of whether workers' compensation is the exclusive remedy for an employee who suffered a serious work injury as a result of a coworker's horseplay/prank/joke.

New York work comp board stops operations at noncompliant Brooklyn factory

The importance of securing the necessary amount of workers' compensation insurance simply cannot be overstated. Uninsured employers face the risk of steep fines, civil litigation, criminal prosecution and even a potential work stoppage.

CLSB sting catches several contractors for failing to provide work comp insurance

Last week, a workers' compensation defense post reported on how the Contractors State License Board (CLSB) was planning on cracking down on general contractors, builders and subcontractors.

Report stresses that liens are 'choking' California's work comp system

Today's workers' compensation defense post will briefly explore some of the findings reached by the California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (hereinafter the Commission) in their recently released "Liens Report."

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