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Five Deaths in Explosion Bring $118K in Penalties 08/01/2018
State: OK | Segment: SOUTH | 151 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 3 min read
An investigation launched after five workers were killed at an Oklahoma oil drilling site resulted in citations against three companies, and proposed penalties totaling $188,643, according to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. ...Read More

Feds Eye Revamp of Stark, Anti-Kickback Laws to Facilitate Value-Based Care 07/31/2018
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 1070 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 18 min read
Revisions to the federal anti-kickback statute, and restrictions on physician self-referral, may be on the way as officials take a look at whether the laws are hindering medical providers’ ability to offer value-based care. ...Read More

Fewer Applicants for Comp Court Reflects Low Pay, Judge Says 07/31/2018
By: William Rabb (Reporter)
State: FL | Segment: Top | 565 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 13 min read
Applicants for vacant compensation judge positions in Florida include a former attorney for Liberty Mutual Insurance, a lawyer for self-insured employers, a couple of claimants' lawyers and two mediators for the court. ...Read More

Fraudster Must Repay All TTD Received After Investigators Spotted Him at Work 07/27/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1353 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 33 min read
A California appellate court upheld a restitution order against a worker requiring that he repay his employer’s comp carrier for the entire amount of temporary total disability benefits he received after investigators discovered he had been working. ...Read More

Fatal Fall Brings $250,000 in Civil and Criminal Penalties 07/27/2018
State: TX | Segment: SOUTH | 273 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 32 min read
A federal judge has ordered a Dallas construction company to pay $250,000 in civil and criminal penalties for occupational safety law violations after the death of an employee who fell during construction of an apartment complex. ...Read More

Financial Need Remains Consideration When Worker Requests Advance for Litigation Costs 07/26/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 159 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 5 min read
Florida’s 1st District Court of Appeal ruled that a judge of compensation claims can consider a worker’s need for an advance payment of benefits even when the purpose is to pay for expenses related to establishing compensability or entitlement. ...Read More

Feds Seek to Delay Incarceration of Drobot Until September 07/25/2018
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 898 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 56 min read
The mastermind of what was has been called the largest insurance fraud scheme in California could enjoy an extra month of freedom, thanks to the protracted battle over restitution. ...Read More

Federal Court Rejects Injured Government Employee's Claim of Discrimination 07/24/2018
Source: WorkCompCentral
State: FL | Segment: SOUTH | 160 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 4 min read
A federal appellate court ruled that an injured government employee with a history of compensable back injuries failed to prove he had suffered discrimination when he returned from a leave of absence. ...Read More

Falling Rates Makes State Less of an Outlier 07/20/2018
By: Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1224 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 81 min read
After three years of rate reductions, California may lose its perch at the top of the of the list of the most expensive states in the country for purchasing workers’ compensation coverage. ...Read More

Flooring Maker Fined $182K for Variety of Hazards 07/19/2018
State: NY | Segment: NORTH | 124 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 67 min read
An Upstate New York flooring manufacturer faces $182,917 in penalties for a variety of safety violations, including locked emergency exits, unguarded machines, and unlabeled hazardous materials and chemicals. ...Read More
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