The matchup between team owners and former professional athletes over reform of the workers' compensation system here in California now sits at 1-0 after an important committee vote held in Sacramento earlier this week.
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.
Last month, Assemblyman Henry Perea (D-Fresno) unveiled legislation designed to amend the state labor code such that the legal loophole allowing professional athletes from out-of-state organizations to seek work comp benefits here in California would be effectively closed.
A few weeks ago, we discussed how thousands of former professional athletes have been filing work comp claims in California since the 1980s despite having ever played only a few games here.
In a very interesting workers' compensation defense story out of New Mexico, state legislators recently voted down a bill designed to grant judges the ability to deny work comp benefits to intoxicated employees.
Nearly 100 years ago, the state of California established its workers' compensation system in an attempt to provide much-needed support to those who suffered serious work injuries. While the system has, of course, undergone a major transformation since the early 1900s -- evolving into a $12 billion industry -- it's underlying principle has remained the same: any person employed in California for any period of time may seek benefits to cover their medical expenses and work-related disabilities.
Every day, hundreds of thousands of employers here in California and across the United States lose significant amounts of money because of serious workplace injuries. But how much money are they losing exactly? Believe it or not, it can sometimes be difficult to find comprehensive statistics reflecting the true costs of these workplace injuries.
Back on December 14, the world was devastated by the news of the shooting deaths of 26 children and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
The simple truth is that every business owner, regardless of their size or the services they provide, must be on the lookout for fraudulent work comp claims. In particular, they must be on lookout for those situations in which employees are less than honest about the severity of their work injuries.
Whether they suffer a back injury while picking up a box, break their leg after falling off a ladder or develop a wrist injury after extensive data entry, injured employees here in California can turn to their workers' compensation insurer for the financial assistance they will need during their recovery.