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.
Earlier this fall, our workers' compensation defense blog discussed a shocking story in which a business owner based in the San Joaquin Valley and his daughter were ordered to pay over $600,000 in restitution to the state of California after pleading guilty to a multitude of insurance fraud and tax evasion charges.
Uninsured employers, meaning those who fail to carry the necessary amount of workers' compensation coverage in the state of California, face a multitude of penalties from steep fines and the loss of a professional license to possible incarceration.
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.
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.
A recently published study in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine reveals some dramatic differences among the 50 states concerning the rate of nonfatal work injuries versus fatal work injuries in the construction sector.
In recent uninsured employer news, the owners of a northern California roofing company were arrested by law enforcement officials last week on a multitude of work comp fraud charges.
Recent reports in the area of workers' compensation defense law reveal a good news/bad scenario for California employers. The bad news? The cost of work comp premiums is going to rise in 2012. The good news? The amount of this rate increase is relatively minor.
In a previous workers' compensation defense post, we reported on how a Laguna Hills couple was facing a multitude of criminal charges for orchestrating what the Orange County District Attorney's Office called one of the largest work comp fraud schemes in California history.
Under California law, there can be no uninsured employers, meaning all employers are legally obligated to provide their employees with workers' compensation insurance coverage. In addition, employers must submit payroll records - including both an accurate number of employees and their respective incomes - to both their workers' compensation insurance company and the Employment Development Department (EDD).