12.13.2017By Liz Carey
Austin, TX (WorkersCompensation.com) – Two Texas pharmacy owners were sentenced Friday for their part in a multi-million-dollar kickback scheme the government said bilked the federal government of millions in federal workers’ compensation reimbursements.
US District Judge Sam Sparks sentenced Brian David Haney, the 38-year-old partial owner of Vidor Pharmacy in Austin, and Kevin Michael Gray, the 45-year-old operator of Family Pharmacy, Inc., in Houston, to 28 months in federal prison on bribery and...
12.06.2017By Liz Carey
Buena Vista, CO (WorkersCompensation.com) – In the 1990s, an Arabic group, similar to ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) or Al-Qaeda, lived in a secluded camp in the Colorado mountains, and used workers’ compensation claims as a way to fund their activities, KRDO in Colorado reported recently.
Known as “ul Fuqra,” the group lived in a 101-acre campground in Chaffey County, CO, without electricity or running water,...
11.30.2017By Liz Carey
Chicago, IL (WorkersCompensation.com) – Seven weeks after an attack on an Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) caseworker left her in a coma, another DCFS caseworker has been attacked while on the job.
The latest attack is one of more than a dozen in the past four years, according to a report by the Chicago Tribune.
Neil Skene, Senior Deputy Director for DCFS, said this weekend a...
11.22.2017By Liz Carey
Buffalo, NY (WorkersCompensation.com) – The two surviving sons of Arnold Young have sued the US Department of Labor and the US Department of Health and Human Services over those agencies’ denial of their father’s compensation claim.
Arnold Young, a New York man who worked at nuclear weapons facilities in the 1940s and 1950s, died of prostate cancer in 1985. Under the EEOICP, or the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program...
11.15.2017By Liz Carey
Jacksonville, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) – A Florida contractor arrested in a $1 million workers’ compensation fraud scheme remains in custody after failing to post bond and filing for indigent status.
Authorities with Florida’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) arrested Carlos Contreras in October, charging him with workers’ compensation fraud after a months-long investigation. Authorities said Contreras claimed to only have $273,786 in annual payroll, but investigators discovered that Contreras had cashed more...
11.08.2017By Liz Carey
An Indiana appeals court has rejected a request from LexisNexis Risk Solutions for workers' compensation records, saying the records sought, which could include data on premiums, are confidential.
The ruling comes after LexisNexis Risk Solutions sued the state for access to policy records that were previously compiled by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI).
According to court records, the state contracted with NCCI in 1998 to collect policy data. In 2013, that contract...
11.01.2017Written by Jacob Berger, DMD | EZ Dental Care, Inc.
A causality dilemma can be summed up as “which came first, the chicken or the egg?” In dental workers compensation terms, which came first, the injury or the bad teeth?
It is very common for a dentist to tell a patient that has been involved in an accident with dental trauma that he or she needs to have other dental needs taken care of as well...
10.25.2017By Jim Thompson
Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - Fallout from the massively publicized sexual assault allegations made against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein — perhaps most notably, the use of the #MeToo social media hashtag — indicates that sexual misconduct is a depressingly regular workplace occurrence.
However, questions of how — or even whether — injuries resulting from workplace sexual assaults are pursued through workers’ compensation claims is difficult to answer. In large part, that’s...
10.18.2017By Liz Carey
Pearland, TX (WorkersCompensation.com) – For the third time, the wife of a Pearland police officer killed by a drunk driver while on duty will go to court to prove she is entitled to his workers’ compensation benefits.
Lucy Lugo, common law wife of officer Endy Ekpanya, has already proven in court twice that she is entitled to Ekpanya’s death benefits. Now a lawsuit by the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk...
10.11.2017By Liz Carey
Indianapolis, IN (WorkersCompensation.com) – According to a study by the National Safety Council (NSC), sleeplessness and fatigue can cost employers millions in decreased productivity, missed work and employee health issues.
Last week, the NSC and the Bingham Health Sleep Matters Initiative released a tool that will help employers see just how much fatigue is costing them. NSC estimates that the average Fortune 500 company could see as much as $80 million a year in...
10.04.2017By Liz Carey
Rahway, NJ (WorkersCompensation.com) – The ruling in a New Jersey appellate court in a case by two dancers against a men’s club is not only going back to court, but also is generating interest from some Mary Kay Cosmetics sellers.
In August 2015, Alissa Moon and Yasmeen Davis filed suit in District Court against Breathless Men’s Club, claiming that the club illegally misclassified them as independent contractors to...
09.27.2017By Jim Thompson
Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - A technological revolution is advancing in workers’ compensation on two fronts — the treatment (and prevention) of workplace injuries, and the close monitoring of claims for signs of fraud.
However, the increasing reliance on technology on both of those fronts will continue to require a human touch to ensure their effectiveness, according to two experts.
The use of wearable health monitors — think FitBits and the...
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THE YEAR IS 2019. The United States Supreme Court has just declared state workers’ compensation systems to be “unconstitutional” because they no longer provide a “grand bargain” to injured workers. Recognizing the chaos this will cause, the Court gives states 6 months to enact new workers’ compensation legislation before implementing...
09.20.2017By Liz Carey
Lowell, MA (WorkersCompensation.com) – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has levied a $208,000 penalty against a Massachusetts behavioral health services firm it says failed to protect its employees from assaults by patients.
The citation comes two years after an inspection at the facility where OSHA found serious violations in May 2015. According to OSHA, the facility did not take the appropriate actions to abate previous violations, including logging violent interactions with patients. <...
09.13.2017By Jim Thompson
Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - Officially speaking, there were nearly 3 million workplace injuries in the United States in 2015, according to the latest data year from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII).
But those numbers are widely acknowledged, even by the BLS, to be inaccurate. The BLS notes on its own website that the bureau and its research partners “have conducted multiple studies which...
09.06.2017By Liz Carey
Tallahassee, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) – Rates for workers’ compensation insurance will go down by 9.3 percent in Florida for 2018, according to a report issued today by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI).
After recommending an increase of 19.6 percent last year, the organization recommended the decrease this year based on different data. In 2016, two separate decisions in the Florida Supreme Court struck down some elements of the state’s workers’ compensation law....
08.30.2017By Liz Carey
Guadalupe, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) – A food packaging company and its labor broker have agreed to pay nearly $6 million to settle a lawsuit brought by 100 current and former employees.
Apio, a division of Landec, and its labor contractor Pacific Harvest, will pay $5.9 million to nearly 2,000 employees the lawsuit alleges the companies failed to pay for full shifts. Hector Martinez, the plaintiff’s Oakland-based attorney, said supervisors would clock employees in when they arrived...
08.23.2017By Liz Carey
Los Angeles, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) – While a recent California lawsuit vs. a contractor charged with misclassifying employees indicates crimes against employees is a continuing issue, some worker advocacy groups fear the current pro-business climate may mean fewer employers will pay for those crimes.
On Monday, the California Labor Commission announced it had filed a $6.3 million suit against CalCrete, a California concrete contractor, for forcing 290 employees to sign documents stating they were independent...
08.16.2017By Phil Yacuboski
Orlando, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) – A workers’ comp case involving a former player of the Arena Football League (AFL) will head to the Florida Supreme Court. Bryon Bishop is trying to collect workers’ compensation benefits after being injured as a member of the Orlando Predators.
“We are disappointed in the decision,” said Charles Leo, Bishop’s attorney, to WorkersCompensation.com. “The decision left a lot of players out...
08.02.2017By Dara Barney
Orlando, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - It is that time of year again: The Workers’ Compensation Institute’s (WCI) Annual Conference starts Sunday, Aug. 6 and goes through Wednesday, Aug. 9 at the Marriott World Center Resort & Convention Center. There are many different tracks and topics to choose from, and WorkersCompensation.com has taken the time to cover a few of the sessions, with some input from speakers.
For more information regarding the agenda,...