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Board Launches Online System to Appeal Cal-OSHA Citations 10/06/2016
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 587 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 24 min read
The Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board launched an online system allowing employers to appeal citations issued by Cal-OSHA. The OSHAB Appeals Scheduling and Information System, or OAS...Read More
Fraud Investigators' Group to Hold Conference in Palm Springs Oct. 25-27 10/06/2016
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 1054 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 18 min read
The Southern California Fraud Investigators' Association will hold its conference at the Riviera Palm Springs Hotel Oct. 25-27 this year. Riverside District Attorney Michael Hestin opens the conference, delivering the first talk. Also scheduled to speak during the conference are emplo...Read More

Premium Cheat Gets 9 Months, Must Pay $5.4M Restitution 10/06/2016
State: CA | Segment: WEST | 806 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 90 min read
The owner of a Central California contracting company was sentenced to nine months in jail and ordered to pay $5.4 million in restitution for underreporting his payroll to avoid workers' compensation premiums, the state Department of Insurance said Wednesday. ...Read More

Business Challenges Drive Interest in Predictive Analytics 10/06/2016
By: Elaine Goodman (medical/business reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 554 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 5 min read
When FHM Insurance Co. decided to expand outside of Florida in 2008 and work with a wider variety of businesses, it wasn’t initially smooth sailing for the monoline workers’ compensation carrier. ...Read More

Out-of-State Employer Can't Assert Subrogation Lien on Worker's 3rd-Party Recovery 10/06/2016
By: Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)
State: MT | Segment: Top | 737 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 36 min read
A divided Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that an Oklahoma employer could not assert a subrogation lien against a worker's potential recovery from a third-party tortfeasor in Montana because he had not been "made whole" for his injuries. ...Read More

Labor Dept. Hints at Federal Oversight in Report Critical of Benefit Cuts 10/06/2016
By: J. Todd Foster (Reporter)
State: NA | Segment: Top | 3358 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 63 min read
U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez on Wednesday said there might be a role for federal oversight of workers' compensation systems if states continue to strip away benefits and shift costs to taxpayers. ...Read More
Recycling Co. Fined $318,000 for Improper Gas Storage, Lax Training Enforcement 10/06/2016
State: GA | Segment: SOUTH | 584 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 221 min read
A Georgia recycling company that failed to report an amputation within 24 hours was cited for nearly $318,000 worth of workplace safety violations this week. Each citation issued to Columbia Recycling Corp. carried a fine, and the Dalton employer received nine as the result of an Apr...Read More

Construction Co. Fined $77,000 Five Months After Trench Cave-In Killed 2 10/06/2016
State: ID | Segment: WEST | 483 | 0 | Popular with Employer | 22 min read
Two people died while performing excavation work in Boise this spring after a trench caved in and buried them. Another person was seriously injured. ...Read More

Unprotected 9-Foot Trench Nets $93,500 OSHA Fine for Contractor 10/06/2016
State: WI | Segment: NORTH | 348 | 0 | Popular with Legal | 12 min read
Safety inspectors watched two Wisconsin laborers install a sewer line in an unprotected, 9-foot trench during a municipal construction job in June. ...Read More

OSHA Update Removes Feral Cats From Vermin Definition, Clarifies That Protective Gear Must Fit 10/06/2016
State: NA | Segment: NATIONAL | 640 | 0 | Popular with Employer | 8 min read
Federal workplace safety rules currently require workers to include their Social Security numbers on impersonal, routine forms, and the rules include feral cats in the definition of vermin. ...Read More
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