TX - Brannan Now a Consultant for Opt-Out Group
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Former Texas Workers' Compensation Commissioner Ryan Brannan has been hired as a consultant to the Association for Responsible Alternatives to Workers' Compensation, a national group that advocates for opt-out programs.
Brannan is the second high-profile workers' compensation professional hired on by the alternative comp advocacy group this year. In September it announced the appointment of Jeff Pettegrew, former head of the California Self-Insurers' Security Fund, as chief policy officer.
Brannan said that opting out does not mean workers are l...
CA - BART Fined $650,000 for Worker Deaths
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The California Public Utilities Commission fined the Bay Area Rapid Transit agency $1.3 million for safety violations that allowed a commuter train to hit and kill two workers in 2013, but BART will have to pay only $650,000 according to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle.
Commissioner Liane M. Randolph said regulators increased a $220,000 fine ordered by a judge last year in light of “BART’s degree of wrongdoing.” Randolph said that among other things, BART was 16 months late in releasing its accident report, and its corrective action plan was only two pages long,...