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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DWC Accepting Comments About Copy Service Fee Regs

The Division of Workers’ Compensation is taking another run at updating California’s copy service fee schedule. The agency is seeking comments on a slightly revised, year-old proposal via its informal public forum process. The update proposes the first increase in the flat rate paid for copy services – from $180 to $210 – since the … 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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Limited Impact On DIR From Revised Budget

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s initial budget proposal included $17.5 million in new funds for the Department of Industrial Relations to implement and enforce the provisions of AB 5 that took effect January 1, 2020. Despite a projected $54.3 billion budget deficit brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, DIR is still in line to receive new funds. … Read More »

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AB 5 Amendments Coming, Author Tweets

Assemblyman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), author of the controversial AB 5 legislation that is disrupting numerous industries in California, is now saying via social media that some amendments are in the works. In tweets over the past 24 hours, Gonzalez says she hopes to have language out next week that strips the arbitrary 35 submission … Read More »

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BaronHR Owner Indicted for Tax Evasion

Prosecutors yesterday unveiled a federal grand jury indictment against staffing magnate Luis E. Perez alleging he actively evaded nearly $30 million in payroll taxes and penalties owed to the Internal Revenue Service. Perez is the owner of BaronHR and also ran Checkmate Staffing, Staffaide and Fortress Holding Group. Perez allegedly failed to remit payroll taxes, … Read More »

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