News Digest 1-19-2021


California: Ventura County fireman sentenced for workers’ comp fraud

A 34-year-old Santa Barbara man has been sentenced to 90 days in jail, 24 months of felony probation, $100,000 in victim restitution and $30,000 in fines after pleading guilty to felony workers’ compensation fraud for making false statements in a workers’ comp claim with the Ventura County Fire Department. KEYT


Florida lawmakers weigh healthcare liability protections

A Florida’s House‌ ‌committee‌ ‌last week conducted‌ ‌a workshop‌ ‌on‌ ‌COVID-19‌ ‌liability‌ ‌protections‌ ‌for‌ ‌health‌care‌ ‌providers.‌ Representatives of hospitals,‌ ‌physician‌s ‌and‌ ‌long‌-term‌ ‌care‌ ‌facilities are asking the state legislature‌ ‌to protect‌ them‌ ‌from‌ ‌a‌ ‌potential‌ ‌flood‌ ‌of‌ ‌lawsuits‌. Some lawmakers‌ ‌area are asking whether‌ ‌the‌ ‌legislature‌ ‌also should‌ ‌consider‌ ‌providing‌ ‌protections‌ ‌to‌ ‌employees who ‌were‌ ‌exposed‌ ‌to‌ ‌COVID-19‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌job.‌ News4Jax


Minnesota legislator introduces COVID bill

Minnesota Rep. Rob Ecklund is chief author of a package of proposed protections, which includes emergency paid sick leave for healthcare employees, workers’ compensation for school employees who contract COVID-19, getting hospitality workers back on the job, and expanding unemployment insurance to social security recipients. Herald Review


COVID-19 death supervisor triggers a lawsuit against meatpacking giant

Meatpacking plants have become “coronavirus clusters,” where more than 54,525 workers have tested positive for the virus. Last month, the widow of a 61-year-old supervisor at the Original Philly Cheesesteak Co. plant in North Philadelphia, who in April was ordered to scan the temperatures of his fellow employees as they arrived for work, and died of COVID-19 several weeks later, filed a wrongful death suit alleging that Tyson Foods failed to take proper safety precautions to protect employees. Philadelphia Inquirer