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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New Laws for Expedited Hearing, Employer Assessments

The Legislature has been out on its summer recess, but while Legislators were out of town Gov. Jerry Brown signed a pair of bills that will impact employers and the California workers’ comp system. One measure will speed access to hearings before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board for some workers, while the second will impact … Read More »

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Injured Workers Of Uninsured Employers May Get Faster Treatment

Injured workers whose employers fail to provide the required workers’ comp coverage would get quicker access to medical care under a proposal making its way through the legislature. The bill would give workers’ comp judges the ability to quickly hear and settle employment and causation issues to clear the way for accessing benefits under the … Read More »

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UEF Loan Legislation Worries Employers

Employers are concerned about a prevailing wage bill that would require the Department of Finance to loan $4.3 million from the Uninsured Employers Benefits Trust Fund (UEF) to fund startup of a labor compliance program. UEF provides workers’ comp benefits to injured workers if their employers are uninsured, and employers worry that using the money … Read More »

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DWC Assessments Flat, but Individual Bills May Climb

Collectively, California employers will pay less to fund the operations of the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC), the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), Cal/OSHA and several specialty funds in the coming year. Overall, the amount collected is down 0.43% to $404.9 million, but the average employer’s bill could still be on the rise thanks to … Read More »

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Troubled Workers’ Comp Funds Face Sharp Increase in Claims Costs

The spigot is open again for injured workers who receive their benefits from California’s Division of Workers’ Compensation Uninsured Employers Benefits Trust Fund (UEF) and the Subsequent Injury Benefits Trust Fund (SIF) (for past coverage, see State to Stop Paying…). The just-in-time budget prevented disaster for 2,700 injured workers who rely on these funds. But the … Read More »

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STATE TO STOP PAYING WORKERS’ COMP BENEFITS TO INJURED WORKERS

Workers’ Comp Executive Exclusive   Injured workers covered by the Uninsured Employer Benefit Trust Fund (UEF) and Subsequent Injuries Benefits Trust Fund (SIF) will no longer be able to collect workers’ comp benefits because California’s Fund has run out of cash.  Beneficiaries are being warned that their checks will dry up in two weeks if the … Read More »

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Governor Signs Predesignation and Taneka Talley Bills

The governor may not be done signing workers’ comp bills yet. Supporters of SB 313, authored by Mark DeSaulnier (D-Walnut Creek), hope he reserves his ink for them. SB 313 finally passed the Senate 35-0 during special session and is now with the governor. SB 313 will boost penalties dramatically for employers going without workers’ … Read More »

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