News Digest 10-15-2021


California: Baldwin Park Unified employee cleared in COVID-19 workers’ comp fraud case

A Los Angeles County judge has dismissed felony fraud and grand theft charges against a Baldwin Park Unified School District employee accused of misrepresenting her COVID-19 symptoms to collect more than $33,000 in workers’ compensation. Pasadena Star News


Florida: State considers reducing workers’ comp rates

No one spoke out at a hearing earlier this week on proposed workers’ compensation rates Florida employers will pay starting in January. A 4.9 percent rate reduction, proposed by the National Council on Compensation Insurance, is being driven mostly by strong underwriting profits. Florida Politics


Minnesota Supreme Court rules on cannabis, workers’ comp law

The Minnesota Supreme Court on this week held federal law preempts a state workers’ compensation law requiring employers to reimburse injured employees for medical cannabis. Two lawsuits were filed by two individuals seeking to have their former employers reimburse them for medical cannabis, which was prescribed to treat their work-related injuries.


Yukon: Workers’ Safety and Compensation Act to be revamped

The Yukon government is moving to revamp its Workers’ Safety and Compensation Act, in order to “modernize and amalgamate the Workers’ Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety Act,” according to a news release. Whitehorse Star