Fraud Assessment Increase

California employers will be charged more to fight workers’ comp fraud next year.  The Fraud Assessment Commission voted 4-2 to boost funding by 10% to $85.7 million. The increase amounts to less than a tenth of a penny per $100 of payroll, and total fraud assessments will still be less than a cent per $100 … Read More »

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Commissioner Lara Approves Anti-Fraud Funds

Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara approved the recommended grant amounts for 36 county district attorneys to use to fight workers’ comp fraud in 40 different counties. The $45,889,371 in funds for the 2021/22 fiscal year is the same that California employers provided in the last round of grants, although the allocations differ in some cases to … 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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Budget Proposal Includes COVID-19 Related Positions For DIR

Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a proposed $227.2 billion state budget that includes emergency COVID-19 relief funding for businesses and unemployed Californians. The budget also calls for an extra $8.7 million to fund 43 new positions at the Department of Industrial Relations to implement chaptered legislation related to the pandemic and expanded worker protections. The $227.2 … Read More »

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Telemedicine Fraud Is A Growing Concern

Workers’ comp claim activity has decreased significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic as Californians sheltered in place and many businesses curtailed operations. Telemedicine quickly became an option for injured workers needing to continue their treatment, but investigators say that while the service is useful some unscrupulous providers and cheats may be preparing to use it to … Read More »

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District Attorneys Records Are Questionable In Fraud Cases

Last year, district attorneys around the state prosecuted 1,326 cases of workers’ comp fraud and secured 340 convictions.  Many cases are ongoing. The data from the District Attorneys’ latest annual report to the California Department of Insurance show that prosecutors also made another 435 arrests – 203 felony arrests and 232 for misdemeanors – and … Read More »

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Fraud Commission Approves $78M Assessment For 2021

The California Fraud Assessment Commission is holding the line on employer assessments for 2021 at $77,909,442, with roughly $46 million going to the state’s District Attorneys next fiscal year. Commission chairman Don Marshall of Zenith Insurance suggested a 4% increase in the employer assessment for next year may be warranted, but ultimately supported the Commission’s … Read More »

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Brown, Newsom Wield Appointment Authority

Amid a flurry of last-minute appointments, former Governor Jerry Brown opted to reshape the board of directors for the State Compensation Insurance Fund from the top down but left intact the status quo at the Commission on Health, Safety and Workers’ Compensation. Governor Gavin Newsom also opted for continuity with his selection of Labor Commissioner … Read More »

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