News Digest 9-15-2021


Hanford workers’ compensation case appealed to U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court, continuing challenges to Washington state’s law making it easier for ill Hanford employees to be compensated. The Trump administration had fought the law, losing an appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Now the Biden administration also is fighting the law passed by the Washington Legislature in 2018. Tri-City Herald


California: Riverside County Sheriff not requiring vaccine for employees

Riverside County, California Sheriff Chad Bianco recently said he would not enforce Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom’s vaccine mandate on officers and that new employees in his department would not be asked for proof of vaccination. Bianco said he believed taking a vaccine should be a private medical choice. OANN


Florida Dems name ranking members for House health committees

Florida House Democratic leadership on Tuesday announced Democratic lawmakers who will take lead positions on various House committees during the upcoming 2022 Session that begins January 7. Rep. Fentrice Driskell was named ranking member the Florida House Judiciary Committee, which addresses issues that impact healthcare, such as medical malpractice issues and workers’ compensation. Florida Politics


Connecticut: Local educational board employee accused of workers’ comp fraud

An employee of the New Fairfield, Connecticut Board of Education was charged Tuesday with illegally collecting more than $57,000 worth of workers’ compensation, according to the state’s Division of Criminal Justice. The 41-year-old woman alleged foot, ankle and knee injuries related to stepping out of a bus, but allegedly was recorded performing activities inconsistent with her claimed injuries while collecting benefits. Fairfield Citizen