Texas Doctor Convicted of Workers’ Comp Fraud, Drug Crimes

A North Texas doctor will pay $376,368 in restitution after pleading guilty to mail fraud conspiracy in federal court, the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation reported. Clinton Battle M.D. of Arlington pleaded guilty on July 22, 2021, …

Original source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2021/07/30/625245.htm

Activision workers plan walkout to protest sexism

84805730Employees at Activision Blizzard planned a work stoppage on Thursday to protest sexism at the video game company, according to a rallying cry echoing on social media. The Activision Blizzard Walkout for Equality is to last through the work day, with a live event during lunch time hours at the firm’s campus in the Southern California city of Irvine.

Original source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/activision-workers-plan-walkout-to-protest-sexism/articleshow/84805730.cms

California Workers’ Comp Report: Private Self-Insured Indemnity Claim Frequency, Paid & Incurred Losses Spiked in 2020

Workers’ comp claim frequency among California’s private self-insured employers rose in 2020, fueled by a big increase in the incidence of indemnity claims, offsetting a decline in medical-only claim frequency, according to a new report from the California Workers’ Compensation …

Original source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2021/07/21/623710.htm

California Commissioner Lowers Workers’ Comp Benchmark

California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara adopted and issued lower rates for workers’ compensation insurance benchmark rate by 5 cents to $1.41 per $100 of payroll effective Sept. 1. Lara’s decision results in an average advisory pure premium rate that is …

Original source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2021/07/21/623712.htm

Washington Couple Face Felony Charges in $116K Workers’ Comp Scam

A married couple working at their son’s Vancouver, Wash., auto repair shop who claimed to be hurt at the shop and received workers’ compensation benefits for their injuries are now both charged with stealing those benefits from the Washington State …

Original source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2021/07/19/623385.htm

Cal/OSHA: Protect Workers from Unhealthy Air due to Wildfire Smoke

Cal/OSHA is cautioning California employers to be prepared to protect workers from unhealthy air due to wildfire smoke. When workers are at risk form unhealthy air from wildfires, California’s protection from wildfire smoke standard requires employers to take steps such …

Original source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2021/07/13/622426.htm

Joe Biden targets non-compete agreements, which restrict the job opportunities of millions of low-wage workers

84390456As a scholar of employment law and policy, I also have many concerns about noncompete clauses – such as how they tend to aggravate the power imbalances relationship between workers and bosses and suppress wages and discourage labour market mobility.

Original source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/biden-targets-non-compete-agreements-which-restrict-the-job-opportunities-of-millions-of-low-wage-workers/articleshow/84390456.cms

Surfside Condo Collapse Rescue Workers Transition to Recovery Phase

A somber moment of silence marked the end of the two-week search for survivors of a Florida condominium collapse, as rescue workers stood at solemn attention and clergy members hugged a line of local officials while many of them sobbed. …

Original source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2021/07/09/622045.htm

Washington Adding Emergency Heat Exposure Rules for Outdoor Workers

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries filed an emergency rule to provide increased protection for employees exposed to extreme heat, including those working in agriculture, construction and other outdoor industries. The emergency Outdoor Heat Exposure rule filed on …

Original source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2021/07/09/622069.htm

Record Closed on California Workers’ Comp Pure Premium Rate Filing

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California wrapped up testimony on Wednesday at a California Department of Insurance public hearing regarding the WCIRB’s Sept. 1, 2021 pure premium rate filing. The filing was submitted to the CDI in April …

Original source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2021/07/07/621678.htm

Washington Labor Department Says Data of Some Workers May Have Been Exposed in Contractor Incident

The Washington state Department of Labor & Industries is reporting that it was recently notified that one of its contractors, Pacific Market Research, was the victim of a ransomware attack on its data systems. During that incident, data on some …

Original source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2021/07/01/620968.htm

Rescue workers at Surfside building collapse find bodies of two children

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Rescue and search crews found the bodies of a 10-year-old child and a 4-year-old child, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said at a Wednesday afternoon news conference. That brings the death toll from the Surfside building collapse to 18 people.

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Texas Data Call for COVID-19 Workers’ Comp Claims Extended

The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has extended its mandatory data call to selected insurance carriers seeking certain information related to COVID-19 injuries reported to on or after Dec. 1, 2019, through the end of the …

Original source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2021/06/28/620474.htm