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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Riverside County Busts Alleged SJDB Fraud Ring

Prosecutors in Riverside County filed criminal charges against 14 persons. They are accused of running a scam that bilked California employers out of some $22 million. Instead of funds going to pay for retraining services so injured workers could resume their work lives, investigators say they went instead to two “sham” vocational schools and a … Read More »

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Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit Disputes

The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board struck down the agency’s regulations in an en banc decision saying the WCAB has exclusive jurisdiction to adjudicate compensation claims. It concluded the Division of Workers’ Compensation overstepped its authority by making the agency’s administrative director the arbiter in disputes over Supplemental Job Displacement Benefits (SJDB) eligibility. SJDB vouchers are … Read More »

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WCAB Doubles Down On Inmate’s Right To SJDB Voucher

The Workers’ Compensation Appeals WCAB (WCAB) says the Division of Workers’ Compensation Administrative Directors have overstepped their authority in issuing regulations making the AD the arbiter of disputes over Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit (SJDB) benefits. The WCAB is preparing to hold that it alone holds the power to adjudicate compensation claims, including disputes over SJDB … Read More »

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Santa Clara Busts Another Voc Rehab Provider In Alleged Kickback Scheme

The Santa Clara District Attorney filed workers’ comp fraud charges against the owner of a vocational training school for allegedly taking $650,000 in Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit (SJDB) payments, but never providing the training. The case is linked to another criminal case against a vocational training school filed earlier this year as both schools had … Read More »

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Convictions In Newly Disclosed SJDB Fraud Scam

Workers’ comp fraud investigators and local prosecutors continue to crack down on scams that are bilking the Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit (SJDB) system for thousands of dollars at a time. The latest case involved two principles behind a Southern California technical school that made fraudulent claims with at least a half-dozen different carriers. These cases, … Read More »

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SJDB Benefit Fraud – A Growing Problem

Experienced fraud investigators say a new scam is growing in the state’s workers’ comp system. It’s targeting the Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit program and the linked $120 million Return-to-Work supplement fund administered by the Department of Industrial Relations. It’s not such a new scam after all to those who have been around long enough to … Read More »

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Job Displacement Benefit Program Failing

California’s Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit voucher program is intended to help injured workers get retrained and find a new job when they are unable to return to the at-injury employer. But state officials say that it is failing at this – its central goal. Results from a limited survey show that just 6% of respondents … Read More »

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