News Digest 1-13-2021


California bookkeeper allegedly broke own nose, burned office to hide embezzlement

A 73-year-old San Jose bookkeeper has been charged with stealing more than $1 million from her employer, and then allegedly attempting to cover-up the crime by setting fire to her office and staging a fake assault. Evidence showed she used an accelerant to light the fire. Charges include workers’ compensation fraud. KPIX (San Francisco)


Four charged in Pennsylvania misclassification scheme

Four people have been charged with misclassifying employees as independent contractors and related offenses in what the Delaware County district attorney said appeared to be the first actual use of a decade-old law aimed at cracking down on misclassification. Each are facing dozens of charges that include conspiracy, theft by deception, deceitful business practices, making false statements and improper classification of employees. Daily Times (Swarthmore, Pa.)


Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling impacts medical cost containment in workers’ comp

In a case decided last fall, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court granted allowance of an appeal to address issues including whether a lower court exceeded the scope of its authority and substitute its judgment for that of the legislature when it promulgated a new rule which mandates non-healthcare providers are entities with standing and the right to intervene in the Workers’ Compensation Act’s Utilization Review process, writes Bernard Kelly of Chartwell Law. JD Supra


Michigan school district, fire department fined for COVID-19 violations

Three stores, two restaurants, a school district, a fire department and a family fun center are the latest workplaces to be cited by the state of Michigan for failing to take COVID-19 safety precautions. MLive