FL - CFO Says Lawmakers Should Consider Capping Defense Attorney Fees
State Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis says lawmakers should consider capping what insurance companies can pay their attorneys to defend against workers’ compensation claims.
CFO Jimmy Patronis
Patronis’ statement Thursday to the News Service of Florida came six days after the House on a Republican party-line vote passed HB 7009, which would limit claimants’ attorney fees to $150 an hour.
The bill now moves to the Senate, where Republicans hold a 23-15 majority over Democrats.
It would allow hourly or so-called “departure” fees, up .
SC - SCWCC to Hold First Business Meeting of 2018
The South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission will hold its first business meeting of 2018 today.
Topics on deck for discussion at the meeting include the SCWCC budget and a proposal to create a telemedicine advisory committee.
In Fiscal Year 2017-18 so far, the SCWCC has brought in a net income of $1,321,375, according to the meeting’s agenda, which was posted online Thursday.
As far as the telemedicine advisory committee goes, SCWCC Director Gary Cannon plans to tell attendees that he thinks it would be best to hold off on the creation of the committee at .
CA - Clothing Retailer Sentenced to Two Years for Payroll, Tax Fraud
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The owner of a chain of clothing stores throughout Southern California was sentenced to two years in prison for evading payment of $5.6 million in taxes and $353,792 in workers’ compensation premiums, state Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced.
From 2010 to 2016, Jeong Kim failed to report $7 million in wages paid to workers at more than 50 stores he owned in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, San Bernardino and Ventura counties, the attorney general announced. The unreported wages resulted in his underpaying workers’ compensation premiums by more than $350,000.
Kim also f.