News Digest 10-8-2021


Florida pool business owners charged with defrauding customers out of $2M

State and local law enforcement officials on Wednesday announced the arrests of a Vero Beach, Florida couple and pool business owners accused of stealing more than $2 million from more than of 150 customers. Charges include concealing information to avoid workers’ compensation premiums and insurance application fraud. WPTV


Nine lawyers vie for lifetime position on Rhode Island Workers’ Compensation Court

The Rhode Island Judicial Nominating Commission has chosen nine lawyers to interview for an opening on Workers’ Compensation Court for the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge George T. Salem Jr. Providence Journal


Minneapolis police PTSD claims push overall workers’ comp claims to highest in a decade

Post-traumatic stress disorder claims by Minneapolis police are putting pressure on the city’s self-insurance fund and driving workers’ compensation claims to the highest number in at least a decade. The city is deferring payments of workers’ comp claims to try to help resolve cash flow issues, according to the city’s director of risk management. MPR News


Virginia: Subcontractors indicted on charges of falsely identifying employees

About a year after unions raised public concerns, a grand jury has indicted two Virginia General Assembly Building construction subcontractors on felony counts alleging they improperly classified employees to avoid paying state income taxes on them. The Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters has alleged about 60 employees in drywall and other interior construction in the new General Assembly Building have been misclassified as independent contractors and subject to wage theft by being denied overtime pay. Roanoke Times/Richmond Times-Dispatch