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  • St. Paul schools workers' compensation claims jump 50 percent. But why?

    08/11/2014 6:40:28 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-7-14 | Mila Koumpilova
    St. Paul Public Schools workers are filing more injury reports and claims under the workers' compensation program. And district officials are not entirely sure why. Injury reports were up 50 percent in 2013 compared with four years ago, and the number of claims seeking payment for medical expenses or lost wages are up almost 30 percent, all while district employment stayed stable. Officials say they are watching how much the district is paying out more closely than the number of reports and claims. Those amounts have not risen in the past two years -- though they'll likely go up as...
  • Shadowy Obama Megadonor Indicted On Fraud And Manslaughter Charges

    06/20/2014 9:48:43 AM PDT · by kcvl · 9 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 6/20/14 | Eric Lach
    A California grand jury has indicted Kareem Ahmed, a major donor to President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, and 15 of Ahmed's associates in an alleged multimillion-dollar insurance kickback scheme. Ahmed, the president and CEO of a company called Landmark Medical Management, is accused of masterminding the scheme and faces charges including conspiracy, insurance fraud, and, most dramatically, involuntary manslaughter, according to one of two sealed indictments issued by an Orange County grand jury both dated June 17 and obtained this week by TPM. The first of the two indictments accused Ahmed of developing topical cream formulas "based on the profitability...
  • Feds: USPS worker takes disability, goes fishing ( Alaska )

    04/19/2014 10:06:55 AM PDT · by cutty · 32 replies
    A former U.S. Postal Service employee in Anchorage was arraigned Friday on charges he accepted at least $334,000 in disability and worker's comp payments while he spent his summers fishing. The U.S. attorney's office says in a Friday release that 56-year-old Amacio Zamora Agcaoili Jr. was indicted by a federal grand jury on 18 counts, including theft of government funds. Assistant U.S. Attorney Yvonne Lamoureux also claims Agcaoli lied about not working when he was paid for preparing tax returns and immigration paperwork. Authorities also claim he failed to tell the Social Security Administration about his worker's comp payments, to...
  • Tina Fey Hit With Workers' Comp Judgment

    03/29/2014 11:24:36 AM PDT · by TWhiteBear · 22 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | Mar. 28 2014
    -New York State officials have filed a $79,000 judgment against Tina Fey, alleging that the comedian has failed to carry required workers' compensation insurance, according to court filings. The Workers’ Compensation Board lodged the judgment against Fey last week in State Supreme Court in Manhattan. State records indicate that the 43-year-old entertainer is being dunned for “Failure to Carry Workers’ Comp Ins” from late-2012 through last month. A “Final Notice” regarding the $79,000 debt is addressed to Elizabeth T. Fey at a Manhattan address that, records show, has been the headquarters for the former “Saturday Night Live” star’s production company,...
  • Australian woman loses bid for compensation for sex injury while on work trip

    10/30/2013 6:12:34 AM PDT · by mykroar · 21 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/30/2013 | Flynn Murphy
    The bureaucrat, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was hospitalised in November 2007 after a glass light fitting above a bed she was having sex in fell onto her face injuring her nose and mouth. The woman also suffered psychological injury. The woman was visiting a regional office observing the budget review process, meeting regional staff and undertaking training — and staying in a motel room booked by her employer. According to the court transcript the fitting was pulled from its mount either by the woman or by her acquaintance. The important test case was brought by Comcare, the...
  • 'Price is Right' run foils postal carrier's worker's comp claim

    06/04/2013 8:45:18 PM PDT · by Arthurio · 22 replies
    WRAL ^ | 6.3
    GREENVILLE, N.C. — A former Fayetteville postal carrier who was receiving worker's compensation payments after injuring herself on the job pleaded guilty to fraud in federal court Monday. Cathy Wrench Cashwell's claim that she couldn't lift mail trays into a truck due to a 2004 on-the-job shoulder injury was called into question in September 2009 when she appeared on "The Price is Right" and spun the "big wheel" twice. According to an indictment filed in September 2012, Cashwell "raised her left arm above her head and gripped the handle with her left hand." On a second spin, she "raised both...
  • Feet hurt? In Illinois, 'repetitive walking' is a basis for workers' comp

    05/29/2012 1:36:13 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 14 replies
    Belleville News-Democrat ^ | May 26, 2012 | GEORGE PAWLACZYK AND BETH HUNDSDORFER
    Feet hurt? In Illinois, 'repetitive walking' is a basis for workers' comp By GEORGE PAWLACZYK AND BETH HUNDSDORFER NEWS DEMOCRAT — -- Posted: 10:39pm on May 26, 2012; If you are a state employee and your feet hurt, you could be in line to receive medical care, including surgery, paid time off plus a tax-free disability settlement that might exceed your annual salary -- all paid for by taxpayers. You also would keep your job. Repetitive walking is now recognized in Illinois as a compensable on the job injury entitled to full workers' compensation benefits. State employees whose jobs require...
  • Nanny State? Calif. May Force Parents To Pay Babysitters Workers’ Comp, OT

    09/02/2011 6:04:14 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 34 replies · 1+ views
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | August 31, 2011
    LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The next time you plan a movie night without the kids, you may have to provide more than just pizza for your babysitter. Democratic lawmakers in Sacramento are fast-tracking a bill that would require workers’ compensation benefits, meal breaks and paid vacation time for all “domestic employees”, including nannies, housekeepers and even babysitters. Assembly Bill 889, authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), has already cleared the Assembly and is expected to receive overwhelming support from Senate Democrats, who control both houses of the California legislature. Under AB 889, parents legally become household “employers” and are...
  • State says bill will hike Calif. workers comp costs

    08/19/2011 8:11:20 AM PDT · by freedombiz · 11 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 8-19-11 | Jan Norman
    California employers would pay as much as $210 million more for workers’ compensation benefits for temporary disabilities if the legislature passes a bill by Orange County Assemblyman Jose Solorio, D-Santa Ana. That’s according to an analysis is from the state Senate Appropriations Committee.
  • Court rules husband of Edison AT&T worker who died from blood clot entitled to worker's compensation

    06/29/2011 6:27:44 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 34 replies · 1+ views ^ | Tuesday, June 28, 2011, 7:32 AM | Christopher Baxter
    EDISON — The husband of an AT&T manager who died from a blood clot after sitting at her desk for more than 10 hours one night is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, an appellate court ruled today. In 2007, Cathleen Renner, who worked for the communications giant for 25 years, died from a clot in her lung about an hour after she finished working a long, sedentary shift at her computer in her home office in Edison, the ruling states. "There’s an awful lot of people that do nothing but sit in front of computers for work these days, and...
  • Titanic insurer Atlantic Mutual sinks

    05/06/2011 9:18:27 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies · 1+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | May 6, 2011 | Alistair Barr
    After 173 years, insurer swamped by wave of workers’ comp claims. Atlantic Mutual Insurance Co. managed to pay out claims when the legendary Titanic passenger liner sank in April 1912, but the insurer couldn’t survive a wave of workers’ compensation claims, industry publication BestWire reported Friday. The company was placed into liquidation and New York’s superintendent of insurance was appointed liquidator on April 27, according to the website of the New York Liquidation Bureau. Atlantic Mutual Insurance was incorporated under the laws of the state of New York on April 11, 1842. ... Workers’ compensation insurance covers the cost of...
  • CA: Agency decides it can't afford to stay in S.F. (too expensive, local workforce too dumb)

    12/13/2010 9:29:44 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies ^ | 12/13/10 | Phillip Matier,Andrew Ross
    After almost 100 years, the State Compensation Insurance Fund is pulling 755 of its 830 jobs out of town, having determined that San Francisco is just too expensive - and its workforce too dumb - for the agency to continue doing most of its business here. Workers called to a recent meeting at the Herbst Theatre were told that 293 jobs will move to Pleasanton, 422 to Vacaville and 40 to Sacramento, with 75 employees remaining in the city. "It's part of a whole geographic strategy to reduce our footprint in high-cost areas like San Francisco," said agency spokeswoman Jennifer...
  • Group urges 29.6% hike in California workers' comp rates

    08/12/2010 9:44:33 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    SaC bee ^ | 8/12/10 | Dale Kasler
    Workers' compensation insurance, a hot issue in the debate over California's business climate, is about to get more expensive again. But it's not clear by how much. An influential insurance-industry group said Wednesday that workers' comp premiums should rise 29.6 percent, effective next January. The group's findings are purely advisory, and experts doubt rate increases will be that dramatic. Nevertheless, the recommendation makes it obvious that companies will begin charging more for workers' comp – putting more pressure on employers struggling in a weak economic recovery. Workers' comp is a significant cost of doing business, and premiums reached something of...
  • California correctional officer accused of lying about being shot at S.F. sex club

    03/23/2010 8:03:39 AM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies · 1,323+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 3/23/10 | Sam Stanton
    The story John Alfonzo Smiley told is every correctional officer's fear: He was at a San Francisco restaurant with his wife when a parolee recognized him, then gunned him down with a shot that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Unable to work, the 44-year-old Smiley filed a workers' compensation claim that could have paid him and his wife nearly $2.5 million. Except investigators say that isn't exactly how Smiley ended up getting shot. Instead, court records say, the altercation that led to his paralysis started at a swingers club, where he and his wife were engaging in sex...
  • Stress claim denied for Conn. cop who shot chimp

    02/17/2010 1:22:02 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 24 replies · 964+ views
    hosted ^ | Feb 17 | JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- A Connecticut police officer who shot and killed a chimpanzee last year after it mauled a woman has been denied a claim for workers' compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder because state law only applies to police shootings of people.
  • McNuggets lady pleads not guilty in drive-thru rage

    01/29/2010 6:20:23 PM PST · by High Cotton · 32 replies · 951+ views
    Toledo On The Move ^ | 1/18/10 | Amulya Raghuveer
    The East Toledo woman who punched through a McDonald's drive-thru window after being told chicken McNuggets were not available pleaded not guilty in court Thursday. Melodi Dushane, 24, stopped at the fast-food restaurant at Front and Main Streets in East Toledo in the early morning hours of Jan. 1 and asked for chicken nuggets. When the drive-thru attendant told her the restaurant was only serving breakfast and that the item was not available, Dushane reached through the window and punched the attendant in the mouth. In court Thursday, Dushane pleaded not guilty to one count of vandalism and two counts...
  • Paralyzed roofer's case raises legal debate over rights of illegal immigrants hurt on job

    04/10/2009 7:54:07 PM PDT · by Inappropriate Laughter · 41 replies · 1,310+ views ^ | April 10, 2009 | Hillary Copsey, Ryan Deering
    Photo by Matthew RatajczakWEST PALM BEACH — Victor Leon is alone in the hospital most days. The 26-year-old was paralyzed nearly three years ago when he fell from the roof of a three-story building in Palm City while working for Jupiter-based Altec Roofing. Since then, Leon has been mired in a legal battle to get workers' compensation benefits or legal damages from Altec. Leon is an illegal immigrant. His status puts him at the crux of a legal debate over what rights, if any, illegal workers have after being injured on a job for which the American government says...
  • CA: Steep rate hike for workers' comp recommended

    03/18/2009 6:16:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 587+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 3/18/09 | Andrew McIntosh
    A state advisory board today recommended a 24.4 percent rate increase for workers' compensation insurance effective July 1, ignoring Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plea that a rate hike that big would overwhelm California businesses. The governing board of the Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau approved the recommended rate increase during a morning meeting in San Francisco. WCIRB officials citing rising medical treatment costs -- not the number of accidents -- and other potential changes resulting from recent workers compensation appeals rulings. The bureau will now deliver its recommendations to state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, who is free to accept or reject...
  • CA: Núñez joins board of workers' comp insurer (brokered a 2004 deal that benefited the industry)

    12/02/2008 9:28:04 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 196+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 12/2/08 | Shane Goldmacher
    Former Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez has taken a lucrative seat on the board of directors for a workers' compensation insurer after helping broker a 2004 deal that benefited the industry. The Los Angeles Democrat was termed out of the Assembly on Sunday, and on Monday, Zenith National Insurance Corp. appointed him to its board. Company filings say that directors are paid $90,000 per year, with an additional $40,000 paid for every committee on which they serve. Núñez said he did not know if his post was paid. "You have to ask Zenith," he said. Zenith did not return calls for...
  • [California] State proposes workers' comp rate increase

    08/17/2008 11:28:22 AM PDT · by John Jorsett · 9 replies · 189+ views
    Workers' compensation has been a bright spot for cost-conscious California businesses in recent years, with rates dropping 65 percent since 2003. Those days may be over. The Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau filed a proposal Friday for a 16 percent increase in the pure premium rate, an advisory figure used by insurance companies in determining how much to charge employers. Bureau officials said that most of the proposed increase comes from rising medical costs related to workers' comp claims. "Medical costs were declining for several years in a row due to the workers' comp reforms that went into effect in...
  • Employer Told To Pay Immigrant's Bills

    08/02/2008 5:26:15 PM PDT · by Iron Munro · 41 replies · 178+ views
    North Platte Telegraph ^ | August 1, 2008 | Cindy Gonzalez
    German Andrade for about 15 years lifted, loaded and carried out other physically demanding jobs as an illegal immigrant. Then came the bucket. It crashed from a skid loader onto Andrade's left foot at a landscaping work site. Fractures led to a lingering limp, which led to back problems and, said a judge, a 45 percent loss of earning capacity. At the time of the accident, Andrade, a husband and father in his early 30s, was earning $12 an hour. Andrade's case took a public twist when his Sarpy County employer balked at forking over injury-related workers' compensation - and...
  • (Al) Franken will pay $25,000 penalty to N.Y. state

    03/06/2008 8:53:24 AM PST · by MplsSteve · 21 replies · 168+ views
    Minneapolis StarTribune (aka The Red Star) ^ | 3/06/08 | Kevin Duchschere - Staff Reporter
    While his accountant investigates what happened, DFL Senate candidate Al Franken will pay a $25,000 penalty he owes New York state for failing to carry workers' compensation insurance for nearly three years for people who worked for his personal corporation. "We decided to make the payment and the accountant can deal with the files," which promises to be a complicated and detailed process, said Jess McIntosh, a spokeswoman for the Franken campaign. If it turns out that the New York Workers' Compensation Board was in error, Franken's corporation -- Alan Franken Inc. -- would likely receive a rebate on the...
  • Millions wasted by State Fund ("rogue operation")

    12/11/2007 11:06:08 AM PST · by BurbankKarl · 22 replies · 402+ views
    LA Times ^ | 12/11/07 | Marc Lifsher
    California's scandal-plagued government-run workers' compensation insurance company spent more than half a billion dollars over the last decade for outside marketing help that often provided "minimal services," a scathing new state audit shows. About half that money went to organizations with direct financial ties to two former board members of the State Compensation Insurance Fund, said the audit to be released today. The company sells workers' compensation insurance to 220,000 California employers. Some marketing groups were paid millions of dollars for merely sending members quarterly newsletters, providing few other services, the report said. The report paints a picture of an...
  • Exotic Dancer Worker's Comp Upheld

    10/10/2007 11:11:06 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 16 replies · 379+ views ^ | Wed Oct 10, 8:34 AM ET
    INDIANAPOLIS - An Indiana appeals court upheld a worker's compensation award Tuesday for an exotic dancer who was injured while performing on a pole at a strip club. The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Angela Hobson and ordered the state Worker's Compensation Board to determine if she was entitled to double compensation. Hobson claimed she suffered neck pain and numbness after injuring herself while dancing at the Shangri-La West club in Fort Wayne on Dec. 20, 2001. She underwent surgery for a herniated disc in her cervical spine, according to court records. Hobson said she reported her...
  • Foreign Dependents Have Rights to Workers' Comp Aid

    01/20/2007 8:18:42 AM PST · by TennesseeGirl · 7 replies · 349+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 01/20/07 | Associated Press
    KnoxNews,1406,KNS_348_5292769,00.html Foreign dependents have rights to workers' comp aid By Associated Press January 20, 2007 NASHVILLE - Foreign dependents of employees covered by the workers' compensation system are eligible to receive benefits if the worker is killed, the Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled. The case hinged on the 2002 death of Jaime Humberto Diaz Pedraza, a Mexican national who fell while working at a Nashville construction site. Pedraza's parents in Zempoala, Mexico, sought workers' compensation benefits, claiming that they were wholly supported by the money their son wired to them between 1999 and his death. Article truncated
  • Illegals on their own if injured on the job (BOO-HOO)

    09/17/2006 5:09:57 AM PDT · by radar101 · 29 replies · 1,126+ views
    azstarnet ^ | 17 SEPT 2006 | Liz Chandler
    Jose Hernandez was good with a machete. So he was the top choice when his boss needed someone to chop down young trees that were choking parts of Florida's Everglades. On one trip to the swamps, the workers flew in by helicopter and quickly cut a stand of sprouting trees. But when they took off again, something went wrong: The chopper lurched left, then plunged into murky water. A broken rotor blade slashed through Hernandez's left thigh. Doctors saved his life but couldn't save his leg. To pay for his costly medical care, Hernandez filed a workers' compensation claim, which...
  • CA: Insurer seeks to duck audit, Speier says (State Workers Comp fund)

    08/10/2006 8:40:42 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 9 replies · 209+ views
    CONTRA COSTA TIMES ^ | Aug. 10, 2006 | George Avalos
    Senator charges state's largest workers' comp provider with enlisting lobbyists to block probe A state lawmaker on Wednesday accused California's largest provider of workers' compensation insurance of attempting to obstruct efforts to fully audit the carrier, including how rates are set on premiums to pay injured workers. The accusations marked the latest skirmish in a battle over a proposed bill that would enable the state Legislature to audit the administrative and business practices of State Compensation Insurance Fund. State Fund is the largest workers' comp carrier in California with a roughly 38 percent market share. State Fund has spent an...
  • TKTKTKTEmail Flap (Dems anti-Schwarzenegger Shenanigans)

    07/19/2006 7:52:01 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 5 replies · 230+ views
    Capitol Weekly ^ | July 19th, 2006 | John Howard
    A Beverly Hills lawyer who represents injured workers before the state has told doctors that he and his colleagues will not refer clients their way unless they contribute at least $2,500 each to defeat Gov. Schwarzengger. The group representing the attorneys who specialize in workers compensation insurance cases immediately disavowed the lawyer's comments. Attorney Lawrence Stern, in a June 26 email, said that "we at CAAA (California Applicants Attorneys Association) have taken a pact not to support any (doctor) who has not contributed at least $2,500 to the elections…" The mail was sent to Marlena Garland, who markets the services...
  • Workers' comp law targets fraud (Schwarzenegger -- CA)

    05/27/2006 9:43:04 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 5 replies · 582+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | May 27, 2006 | Gilbert Chan
    Answering frequent complaints by contractors, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday signed legislation to crack down on workers' compensation insurance fraud plaguing the roofing industry. The measure, Assembly Bill 881 by Assemblyman Bill Emmerson, R-Redlands, calls for insurers to conduct annual audits of roofing company payrolls and empowers the Contractors State License Board to strip roofing licenses from contractors who fail to carry state-mandated workers' compensation insurance. Insurers and contractors are counting on the law to lower premiums for employers in the long run. Unscrupulous contractors will underreport the number of roofers on their payroll. Some won't carry coverage at all,...
  • Workers' comp is working (CA -- Schwarzenegger)

    05/02/2006 6:36:41 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 8 replies · 1,118+ views
    Whittier News ^ | May 2, 2006 | Whittier News
    More good news about the economy was released Monday. Manufacturing expanded nationwide and March showed an all-time high in consumer spending, indicating an awakening from an end-of-year slumber. In California, real estate has pushed a new- home construction boom that's increased jobs in that sector. But it's not the only economic indicator. Almost across the board, California industries say expansion and employment rests on the rollbacks in state workers' compensation rates, poised to dip even further. Drops have been driven by changes put in place two years ago. Those included an HMO-type physician network specifically addressing work injuries, uniform treatment...
  • Workers' comp changes have been good for the entire state (CA -- Schwarzenegger)

    04/29/2006 10:57:45 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 7 replies · 395+ views
    ContraCostaTimes ^ | April 29, 2006 | Pedro Babiak
    AS A SMALL business consultant for the past 10 years, I saw the effect that high workers' compensation insurance had on small businesses, and I can tell you that the changes instituted by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger two years ago most definitely have benefitted California. First, we have 575,000 new jobs in California while Schwarzenegger has been in office. Before he became governor, businesses were fleeing California for states with lower costs of doing business. Now, job-creation is vibrant in our state. Second, we have workers' comp cost-savings that are topping 40 percent. And another 16-percent cut in premiums is on...
  • CA: Governor claims workers' comp changes a "huge success"

    04/19/2006 9:27:08 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 1 replies · 160+ views
    AP - Monterey County Herald ^ | Apr. 19, 2006 | STEVE LAWRENCE
    SACRAMENTO - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday declared the sweeping workers' compensation changes he pushed through the Legislature two years ago a "huge success," but critics called them a disaster for injured workers. "Gov. Schwarzenegger broke his promise to protect injured workers," said Mark Hayes, president of Voters Injured At Work, a group that represents employees who suffer job-related injuries. "He has not fixed workers' compensation, as he claims, but has made things worse for Californians injured on the job." Schwarzenegger said when he took office in 2003 high workers' comp insurance rates were driving businesses out of the state...
  • CA: Study finds disabled workers losing benefits under new system

    02/10/2006 7:20:07 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 285+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/10/06 | Tom Chorneau - ap
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's overhaul of the workers' compensation system has saved California employers billions of dollars over the last two years, but it also has led to a significant drop in benefits paid to disabled workers, according to a new report. The analysis from the state Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation found that the regulations adopted in 2004 have reduced the average cash award given to permanently disabled workers by 50 percent. Critics of the governor's reforms said the study's findings are proof the system does not treat injured workers fairly and that changes...
  • CA: Workers' Comp Savings Detailed (rates back to 1996 levels and lower than FL and TX)

    02/04/2006 11:15:48 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 431+ views
    LA Times ^ | 2/4/06 | Marc Lifsher
    SACRAMENTO — California's overhaul of its troubled workers' compensation insurance system has saved employers at least $8.1 billion over the last three years, and the benefits to the economy are expected to continue, according to a study sent to the governor and Legislature on Friday. The report commissioned by the state Department of Industrial Relations found that workers' comp premiums paid by businesses and nonprofit organizations, which soared as much as 200% in the early part of the decade, have been almost cut in half since July 2003. What's more, rates in California, the highest in the nation in 2004,...
  • Alabama Judge Rules Illegal Immigrant Due Workers Comp for Life

    11/23/2005 9:12:08 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 96 replies · 1,992+ views
    Omar Santos-Cruz came to the United States illegally from Mexico and went to work building houses in one of Alabama's fanciest neighborhoods before he was seriously injured in March of last year at age 17. A court has now ruled that Santos-Cruz is due workers compensation benefits and medical care for life despite being in the country illegally. The case is a possible legal precedent and a sign of things to come for builders who have come to rely on immigrant laborers in a booming housing market. But the Home Builders Association of Alabama cited the immigration status of Santos-Cruz...
  • Supreme Court: Social Security Number Not Needed for Workers Comp (Florida)

    11/04/2005 3:52:29 AM PST · by Quaker · 19 replies · 1,226+ views
    TBO/AP ^ | 11/04/2005 | The Associated Press
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A state law requiring workers to provide their Social Security numbers when claiming compensation for on-the-job injuries is invalid because it violates federal privacy rights, the Florida Supreme Court decided Thursday. The seven justices unanimously upheld a 1st District Court of Appeal ruling that reinstated benefits for Ricardo Cagnoli, a South Florida man. A compensation claims judge had denied worker compensation benefits to Cagnoli because he had failed to include his Social Security number on his application as required by Florida law. The Federal Privacy Act, however, makes it illegal for any state, federal or local...
  • Undocumented workers can get workers' compensation, L.A. court rules

    10/21/2005 3:50:45 AM PDT · by pitinkie · 58 replies · 917+ views ^ | October 19, 2005 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Undocumented workers who are hurt on the job are entitled to workers' compensation benefits, a state appeals court ruled. The 2nd District Court of Appeal made the finding in a case involving Torrance-based coffee roaster Farmer Bros. Co., which had tried to deny workers' comp benefits to an employee who was in the country illegally. The company argued that federal immigration laws superseded the state's workers' compensation system, which provides medical care and disability benefits to injured employees. The court disagreed, upholding an earlier decision against Farmer Bros. by the state Workers' Compensation Appeals Board. "California law has expressly declared...
  • Calif. Court Rules Illegal Immigrants Can Get Workers' Comp

    10/20/2005 3:19:09 PM PDT · by Hadean · 36 replies · 720+ views
    Insurance Journal ^ | 10-20-2005
    Illegal immigrants injured on the job are entitled to workers' compensation benefits despite their legal status, a California state appeals court ruled. The 2nd District Court of Appeal ruled in a case involving Torrance-based coffee roaster Farmer Bros. Co., which had tried to deny workers' comp benefits to an employee who was in the country illegally. Farmers Bros. argued that federal immigration laws superseded the state's workers' comp system, which provides medical care and disability benefits to injured employees. The court disagreed, upholding an earlier decision against Farmer Bros. by the state Workers' Compensation Appeals Board. "California law has expressly...
  • CA Court Says Illegal Aliens Get Benefits

    10/18/2005 4:23:08 PM PDT · by Ironclad · 85 replies · 1,308+ views
    Workers' Comp Executive ^ | October 18, 2005 | Dale Debber
    The Second District Court of Appeals ruled late yesterday that illegal aliens who obtain employment dishonestly are still entitled to workers comp benefits. The ruling (Farmer Brothers Coffee v. WCAB, Rafael Ruiz) leaves employers, even those who do not knowingly hire illegal aliens, on the hook for the costs of their workers comp benefits both medical and indemnity. The case involves one Rafael Ruiz who was injured in 2002 while working for Farmer Brothers Coffee. During the deposition process Ruiz admitted -- unbeknownst to Farmers Brothers -- to using a false social security and green card to obtain employment. Based...
  • (MD)Lawmaker seeks to bar illegals from workers coverage

    09/16/2005 11:22:53 AM PDT · by JZelle · 24 replies · 843+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 9-16-05 | Gary Emerling
    ESSEX, Md. -- State Delegate Patrick L. McDonough said yesterday he will propose legislation in the upcoming General Assembly to keep illegal aliens from receiving workers compensation. His decision follows a state Court of Appeals ruling Monday that upheld a lower court ruling that such compensation must be paid to illegal aliens. "The federal Immigration Act states you cannot aid or abet an illegal alien," said Mr. McDonough, a Baltimore County Republican. "It's a felony." The panel of seven judges ruled 6-1 that state law does not specify that an illegal alien who is an undocumented worker cannot receive compensation...
  • CA: Governor's aide says he misstated payment

    07/21/2005 6:57:01 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 351+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 7/21/05 | Dan Smith
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's chief spokesman on Wednesday said he unintentionally mischaracterized a payment an insurance company made to one of the governor's companies in 2004. Communications Director Rob Stutzman had said the payment from Zurich American to Schwarzenegger's Oak Productions represented a settlement of a dispute with electronics retailer Best Buy involving the unauthorized use of Schwarzenegger's image. But Stutzman on Wednesday said the payment - characterized on the governor's disclosure forms only as more than $10,000 - did not involve Best Buy. And he said a nondisclosure clause in the settlement prevents him from revealing the identity of the...
  • Fox News Employees Claim They Were Exposed to Diazinon Poison

    06/22/2005 9:40:23 PM PDT · by Tree of Liberty · 19 replies · 1,002+ views
    The Web log TV Newser, citing "multiple Fox News employees" as its source, is reporting that the company ordered the insecticide diazinon be sprayed in its roach-infested New York newsroom, exposing numerous employees to a chemical that is banned by the EPA for indoor use. One Fox employee wrote that she and her colleagues had decided to go public with the matter because "diazinon -- which disrupts the nervous and endocrine systems -- is highly suspect in one of the female producers here having a child with Down's Syndrome. That is a major liability that no company, however noble their...
  • CA: Cuts in workers' comp rates urged

    06/02/2005 9:02:49 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 276+ views
    San Diego Union -Tribune ^ | 6/2/05 | Dean Calbreath
    State Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi yesterday urged insurers to cut their workers' compensation rates by 18 percent July 1 to reflect the savings they have received from recent regulatory reforms. An insurance industry spokeswoman responded that double-digit reductions are likely, although not necessarily as deep as those Garamendi recommends. "Eighteen percent is not unreasonable," said Nicole Mahrt, public affairs director for the Western Region American Insurance Association. "It's higher than what some companies are able to do, but some companies are already planning cuts higher than that." Twice a year – on Jan. 1 and July 1 – the state...
  • Arnold's Worker Comp Miracle. Against the Odds, he Fixed Sicko System

    05/29/2005 11:12:44 AM PDT · by John Jorsett · 8 replies · 872+ views ^ | April 29, 2005 | Jill Stewart
    A journalist friend of mine recently attended a banquet for hundreds of private detective agencies, and was fascinated to hear them, one-by-one, introduce themselves. The fascinating part: roughly one-quarter specialized in investigating Californians who claim to be injured on the job. The fact that California's private dick industry spends so much time probing claims of back strains, pain, and other injuries is testament to the troubles afflicting the most milked, most disastrous workers comp system in the United States. Last year, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed sweeping reform, Senate Bill 899 by Republican State Sen. Charles Poochigian of Fresno, to cleanse...
  • CA: Senate committee approves Schwarzenegger's workers' comp director

    04/27/2005 8:01:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 194+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/27/05 | Steve Lawrence - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Rebuffing pleas from groups representing injured workers, a Senate committee Wednesday approved Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's choice to head the Division of Workers' Compensation. The Rules Committee voted 3-2 to confirm the Republican governor's nomination of Andrea Hoch as the division's director despite testimony that regulations she drafted had hurt injured workers and didn't follow sweeping changes lawmakers made in workers' comp law last year. "Every single regulation that comes out is ... interpreted in the worst possible way for injured workers and the best way for employers," said David Schwartz, president of the California Applicants' Attorneys Association,...
  • CA: Garamendi zeros in on workers' comp woes

    04/26/2005 4:59:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 279+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 4/26/05 | George Avalos
    The pressure intensified Monday on workers' compensation insurance carriers to step up and deliver significantly lower rates to employers and improved benefit payments to workers. The questions that loom over California's struggling workers' comp system came into sharp focus at a hearing Monday held by Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi. The hearing was the start of a process to establish a benchmark for workers' comp rates during the second half of 2005. Garamendi expressed dismay that the workers' comp reforms of recent years have primarily served to reduce medical and disability benefit payments to workers without a meaningful cut in premiums...
  • CA: Assembly speaker ready to fight over workers' comp-Núñez threatens to delay budget talks ..

    04/20/2005 8:48:10 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 202+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 4/20/05 | Gilbert Chan
    Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez threatened Tuesday to hold up budget talks unless Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration reworks rules to carry out last year's workers' compensation legislation. "Democrats would have never signed onto a deal that puts injured workers in harm's way," Núñez told more than 500 workers and labor union advocates during a rally on the east lawn of the Capitol. Marking the one-year anniversary of the enactment of the workers' compensation law, SB 899, Núñez joined a parade of Democratic lawmakers, union leaders and workers accusing Schwarzenegger of breaking a pledge to protect benefits and medical treatment for those...
  • CA: Unions, injured workers to protest workers' comp changes

    04/17/2005 6:27:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 351+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/17/05 | Steve Lawrence - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - A year ago, when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed sweeping changes in the state's workers' compensation system, he promised the legislation would protect workers, save billions of dollars and root out fraud and waste. On Tuesday, unions and other groups representing injured workers will mark the first anniversary of those changes with rallies at the Capitol and Schwarzenegger's Los Angeles office. They'll be protesting, not celebrating. The changes, they say, have made things worse for employees who suffer job-related injuries, particularly in the way the administration has been implementing the new law. "The biggest issue we are going...
  • Highlights Thursday from the Texas Legislature (Gambling, Workers Comp, Asbestos & Famous Texans)

    03/31/2005 5:12:15 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies · 611+ views
    AUSTIN — This time, leading Republicans and Democrats agreed. They joined together at the Texas Capitol on Thursday to proclaim that they don't want an expansion of gambling. "Empty promises to get rich quick do nothing but bring devastation and addiction," said Tina Benkiser, chairwoman of the Texas Republican Party. "We're being asked to gamble away our children's future in the biggest con game of all times." Legislators looking to cut property taxes while giving more money to schools are considering more than 20 gambling proposals, including video slot machines at racetracks and Las Vegas-style casinos. Conservative Republicans and a...
  • CA: Workers' comp debates not over

    03/08/2005 8:47:39 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 218+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 3/8/05 | Gilbert Chan
    After two years of major overhauls, California's workers' compensation system remains high on lawmakers' radar screens. More than three dozen workers' compensation bills have been introduced this session in the Assembly and Senate, touching on subjects such as insurance rate regulation and doctors' fees. More important, many bills are considered placeholders for future legislation in what could reignite debate over reforming the state-run program, observers say. "You would like to think (after) a major reform effort like SB 899 (last year) all would be calm. People are trying to protect or defend different areas. They don't go away," said Willie...