Employer’s Conviction In Fatality Case Upheld, But Sentence Reduced

The Sixth District Court of Appeal rules that a concrete contractor was properly convicted for failing to have workers’ comp coverage, offering a doctored cert, filing a false exemption, and tax evasion. The appeals court also upheld a $10,000 fine.  But ordered the lower court to reduce Ian Czirban’s sentence from three years of federal … Read More »

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Small Contractors, AB 5, & Presumptions in Workers Comp Legislation

The California Legislature is still early in the bill introduction process, but a few bills have implications for the workers’ comp system. Most direct is one to require more small contractors to carry workers’ comp coverage. Another would expand workers’ comp presumptions for employees in acute care hospitals. Two other bills are directed at limiting … Read More »

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“Solar Brokers” Not Employees For Workers’ Comp Purposes – Mostly

In a decision that holds lessons for all insurance brokers and their clients, the California Department of Insurance says State Compensation Insurance Fund misinterpreted state law and charged, when it shouldn’t have, premium on the commissions paid to the “solar brokers.” The brokers helped the insured sell its products and services. CDI ordered the carrier … Read More »

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Six Felony Convictions In Premium Fraud Case

The owner of a paving company pleaded guilty to six felonies and agreed to pay over $1.4 million in restitution to two workers’ comp carriers as part of a deal to end a workers’ comp fraud case. Maurosan Milhomem, the owner of Viking Pavers, Inc., copped to the charges related to workers’ compensation insurance premium … Read More »

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Underground Economy Bills for Roofers, Contractors Pass Committee

Efforts to target unscrupulous employers in the roofing and contracting industries that are hiding payroll to avoid paying their share of workers’ comp premiums are advancing in the Legislature. One would extend and strengthen a program targeting roofers, while the second would expand payroll audits and require all contractors to notify their workers’ comp carrier … Read More »

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Contractors, Car Washes and Restaurants Busted

Field investigators for several state agencies are finding success battling the underground economy in California and nabbing employers operating outside the rules, including those not carrying workers’ comp insurance. But are investigators missing out on an opportunity to bring other pressures to bear on these scofflaws? Observers say they are. A recent multiagency sweep led … Read More »

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California Workers’ Comp Fraud File (3)

Employer and claimant fraud continues to be a problem in the California workers’ comp system, but prosecutors at least are winning a few of the battles. One former public safety officer is off to jail for committing fraud, while charges are in the works against a tree trimming business for allegedly avoiding workers’ comp premiums. … Read More »

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