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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DIR Aims At Medical Fraud

The Department of Industrial Relations’ is bulking up its anti-fraud unit to find and take down medical providers who are cheating the state’s workers’ comp system. A veteran prosecutor will be leading the project. The team is charged with mining the vast amounts of data the state collects on every workers’ comp claim to find … Read More »

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MRI Provider Convicted On All 12 Counts In Kickback Scheme

A federal jury says Sam Sarkis Solakyan is guilty of engaging in an illegal kickback scheme that paid out nearly $9 million for referrals of workers’ comp claimants to his chain of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) centers. The scheme allegedly racked up over $284 million in illegal charges to carriers. The eight-day trial ended with … Read More »

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District Attorneys Jockey For Anti-Fraud Funds

District attorneys from around the state made last-ditch presentations to bolster their requests for a share of the nearly $46 million that is up for grabs this year to fight workers’ comp fraud in the state. The money is part of the $78 million that California employers are required to pay to support the DAs … Read More »

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Return-To-Work Fund Edged Towards Full Expenditure Before Pandemic

The Baker SB 863 workers’ comp reforms created a special $120 million fund to give supplemental payments to injured employees who could not return to their at-injury employer. Eligible injured employees who apply get $5,000 each, but the program has never spent all that it has to give. Could this be the year? Not likely, … Read More »

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Targeted Inspections Find 25% Uninsured

The state’s Labor Enforcement Task Force (LETF) uses high-tech reconnaissance and research to identify employers in several industries that are most likely operating in violation of California labor laws. It looks for payment of wages, workplace safety, and providing workers’ compensation coverage. In the latest fiscal year, the task force identified and inspected 578 businesses … Read More »

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Hiring Authority Restored at Industrial Relations

The California Department of Industrial Relations is back in charge of recruiting, testing, and hiring its staff. The State Personnel Board voted unanimously to restore the authority it revoked following controversies surrounding a flawed exam process for the Division of Occupational Safety and Health inspectors. DIR lost its ability to independently run civil service examinations … Read More »

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