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October 2012 Archives

More employers turning to surveillance cameras to combat work comp fraud

If an employee suffers a serious work-related injury here in California, they can turn to their employer's workers' compensation insurer for the financial assistance they will need as they recover. Unfortunately, employee fraud is still relatively common, in that some employees will fake or exaggerate the extent of their injuries in order to collect work comp benefits, costing their employer both time and money.

Report finds that California has third highest work comp rates in the U.S.

Earlier this month, the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services released the preliminary results of its "2012 Workers' Compensation Premium Rate Ranking Summary" for its state legislature. The much-anticipated report, which is released every two years, ranks every state -- from highest to lowest -- according to their workers' compensation premium rates.

Ventura Country DA receives sizeable state grant to take on work comp fraud

California law mandates that employees who suffer serious injuries while on the job are entitled to monetary assistance through their employers' workers' compensation insurance. Unfortunately, some employees will try to exploit this otherwise equitable system by misrepresenting the extent of their work injuries, or lying about how or where their injuries occurred.

Cal/OSHA investigating horrific industrial oven accident at tuna plant

A food processing plant here in Southern California was recently the scene of a horrific industrial accident that has inspectors with the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) searching for clues and industry insiders wondering how something like this could possibly have happened.

L.A. County teaching assistant charged with five counts of work comp fraud

As an employer, it's important to take the necessary steps to ensure the welfare of employees. Failure to do this can result in decreased productivity and increased insurance premiums. On the flip side, it's also important for employers to take steps to educate themselves on workers' compensation fraud as it too can affect their bottom line and their work comp premiums.

Father, daughter who ran security company ordered to pay $600k in restitution for insurance fraud, tax evasion

In recent workers' compensation defense news, a company owner based in the San Joaquin Valley and his adult daughter were ordered to pay over $600,000 in restitution to the state of California earlier this week after pleading guilty to a multitude of insurance fraud and tax evasion charges.

Study: Anti-fatigue mats improve health, productivity of workforce

It's extremely important for employers to go the extra mile when it comes to the health and safety of their employees. By taking the time to identify job-related hazards and implement the necessary measures to keep employees out of harm's way, employers can help ensure that their business operations will proceed smoothly, keep their workers' compensation defense costs manageable and avoid potentially costly fines.

BLS releases findings on 2011 workplace fatalities - II

In our previous workers' compensation defense post, we discussed the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recent release of the preliminary results of the 2011 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI).

BLS releases findings on 2011 workplace fatalities

A few weeks ago, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the preliminary results of the 2011 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI). For those unfamiliar with the CFOI, it is essentially a comprehensive survey of all fatal work injuries here in the United States each year.

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