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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Bill Would Penalize Payers for WCIS Noncompliance

A bill that would levy penalties against workers’ comp insurers and self-insured employers for failure to report data to the Workers’ Compensation Information System is causing angst among employers and carriers. Despite being sponsored by a business group, SB 826, authored by Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), has payers concerned about implementation of the penalty structure … Read More »

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New Market for Auto Shops AAU Comp, an El Segundo-based workers’ comp subsidiary of USG Holdings, has set up shop in California and launched its first program for the state’s workers’ comp market, but company officials say it won’t be the last. Initially, the program manager is targeting small auto repair shops and oil change … Read More »

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UEF Reformers Shoot for Accessibility and Accountability

Injured-worker advocates and employers concerned about fraud are targeting the uninsured employers fund, hoping to make it more efficient and accessible for those individuals it’s meant to help. At the same time, employers want to make sure better accessibility doesn’t sacrifice the system’s integrity. A working group including representatives from the Watsonville Law Center (a … Read More »

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