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Be alert for workers' compensation fraud in California

California employers have their hands full when it comes to monitoring the actions of employees in the workplace on a daily basis. In addition to making sure that all workers are properly trained and are offered insurance that provides benefits to workers injured on the job, they also typically want to take steps to avoid such problems in the first place. There may be several things an employer can do to lessen the chances of workers' compensation fraud occurring.

Discussion may go a long way when it comes to preventing workplace fraud. Explaining the ins and outs of the system to workers may help deter illicit behavior. Employers can tell workers that fraud indirectly affects the whole company because it may cause increased premiums further down the line. If a business owner continually has to pay higher premiums, he or she may decide to make up the loss by cutting salaries or laying off workers.

If someone is injured at work, employers can protect themselves by having a definite plan in place for reporting the injury and documenting the details of how it occurred. Typically, including names of any witnesses and preserving evidence are part of common protocol. Also, if employers work hard to maintain a safe working environment, they may find that many accidents are avoidable.

Even after doing everything in one's power to provide training, safe conditions at work and appropriate information to employees, workers' compensation fraud sometimes still takes place in California. Employers are wise to recognize its signs. Any suspicious claim may be reviewed by contacting an employer representative for guidance.

Source:, "10 Ways Employers Can Prevent Fraud", Accessed on June 11, 2016

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