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Surveillance can stop fraudulent workers' compensation claims

Most people tend to be honest most of the time in their personal lives and in their work. However, there are some people who decide to be less than truthful when it comes to workplace injuries in California and other states. Some workers may even decide to commit employee fraud when filing fraudulent workers' compensation claims. Such acts can be financially detrimental to employers.

On the other hand, there are various options for employers to proactively combat employee fraud. Doing so can help decrease the frequency of employee fraud as well as lessen the financial impact. One tool an employer has the right to utilize is surveillance. However, there are various tools for employers to choose from when implementing a surveillance plan aimed at stopping employee fraud.

The most common tools employers use to implement surveillance plans are cameras. Employers are also allowed to use audio surveillance recordings as well. However, employers are required to give written notice to workers if they do decide to use these audio surveillance techniques.

These surveillance tools can be used to obtain evidence that an employee may not have been injured at the workplace in the manner that they have reported in their workers' compensation claims. This evidence may also prove that a work injury is not as debilitating as an employee claims, which can result in a decrease in workers' compensation benefits in California or any other state. However, employers may have to take legal action in order to combat fraudulent workers' compensation claims.

Source:, "Fighting employee fraud with vigilance, fail-safe methods", Brian Pedersen, Jan. 22, 2015

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