DIR Workers’ Comp or AB 5 Enforcement

The Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DSLE) says it is not pursuing employers with workers’ comp coverage that is nonexistent or inadequate to meet their obligation under Labor Code section 3700. The state is not enforcing the requirement for employers to have workers’ comp insurance. Instead, DSLE is focusing its enforcement … Read More »

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Major Fines In Illegal MEWA Case

American Labor Alliance and its founder Marcus Asay are being fined $3.4 million for selling bogus workers’ comp “coverage” without a license in defiance of multiple cease and desist orders … Read More »

Oklahoma Opt-Out Law Suffers Legal Blow

An Oklahoma law allowing employers to opt-out of the state’s workers’ comp system suffered a major legal blow as opponents seek to overturn the 2013 legislation. A state commission charged with hearing benefits disputes has held that a key provision of the law allowing employers to create alternative benefit plans is unconstitutional. The ruling by … Read More »

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Maryland Appellate Court Pulls Plug On Health Care Law

A decision by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals last week brought into question part of Governor Schwarzenegger’s plan to improve health care in California. The court, in a 2-1 decision, upheld a lower court’s ruling that a Maryland law setting up a health care fund runs counter to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act … Read More »

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