March 21, 2017

Ohio Burglar Adds Workers’ Comp Fraud to Rap Sheet

Ohio BWC

Columbus, OH – A Cincinnati man serving time in an Indiana prison for burglary got a short break from prison March 9, but only to plead guilty to workers’ compensation fraud in an Ohio courtroom. John Dillard Lewis, 47, pleaded guilty to the fifth-degree felony in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, where a judge sentenced him to…[Continue Reading]

WA L&I’s Offering Free Workplace Safety Seminar March 30

WA Department of Labor and Industries

Tumwater, WA – Making sure workplaces are safe is a vital part of running any business. It protects workers and is also good for the bottom line. In every industry, there are known steps businesses can take to make workplaces as safe as possible and create a culture of safety. The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is hosting…[Continue Reading]

Ohio BWC Proposes Another $1 Billion Workers’ Comp Rebate

Ohio BWC

Columbus, OH – Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison recently proposed a $1 billion rebate for Ohio’s private and public employers, the third such rebate since 2013. Morrison announced the proposal with Gov. John Kasich at Dynamit, a downtown Columbus company that creates web and mobile…[Continue Reading]

SAIF: Is a Home Office a Workplace Hazard?


Salem, OR – For many Oregon businesses, telecommuting employees are becoming more and more common. But what if a worker has an accident while working at home? Are they covered by workers’ comp? Often, the answer is yes. Since Organize Your Home Office Day was March 14, consider reminding your telecommuting employees…[Continue Reading]

Concentra Expands in Bay Area with South San Francisco Center


Addison, TX – Concentra recently announced its continued expansion in the Bay Area with the opening of its new South San Francisco center, located at 3 South Linden Avenue. The new South San Francisco center offers convenient access to businesses near San Francisco International Airport, with a spacious new medical center. The new South…[Continue Reading]

Oregon State Organizations Align on Worker Health & Safety


Salem, OR – Representatives from three Oregon worker safety organizations recently signed an agreement to form an alliance that will improve the health, safety and well-being of Oregon workers. The Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU, Oregon OSHA and SAIF committed to partnering on Total Worker Health…[Continue Reading]

NSC: Prescription Drug Misuse Impacts More than 70% of U.S. Workplaces

National Safety Council

Itasca, IL – More than 70% of U.S. employers are feeling the direct impact of prescription drug misuse in their workplaces, according to a survey released by the National Safety Council. The survey, the first of its kind in the nation, also found that although 71% of employers agree that prescription drug misuse is a disease that requires treatment…[Continue Reading]

Dayton Claims Rep is Ohio BWC’s Fraud Finder of the Year

Ohio BWC

Columbus, OH – The Ohio BWC’s Special Investigations Department (SID) recently announced that a claims service specialist (CSS) in the Dayton service office recently received the 2016 Fraud Finder of the Year award. The CSS received the award for alerting SID to a case in which an injured worker claimed to be wheelchair bound…[Continue Reading]

NY Woman Gets Jail Time and Nearly $35k Restitution for Workers’ Comp Fraud

New York State Seal

Albany, NY – New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott recently announced that a City of Rochester woman who defrauded the workers’ compensation system was sentenced to jail time, five years of probation and nearly $34,604 in restitution for stealing Workers’ Compensation insurance benefits to which she was not…[Continue Reading]

Ohio Man’s Claim of Mistaken Identity Fools No One; Ordered to Pay $22K to BWC

Ohio BWC

Columbus, OH – A Knox County man caught scamming the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) and trying to lie his way out of it was ordered to reimburse the agency $22,578 Tuesday and to pay $1,000 of it within six months or spend six months in jail. “If we’re knocking on your door with a fraud allegation, lying won’t help your…[Continue Reading]

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