June 18, 2018

ReEmployAbility Recognized as Red Cross Disaster Cycle Services Partner of the Year

Tampa, FL – The Northern Minnesota chapter of the American Red Cross recently recognized ReEmployAbility as the 2018 Disaster Cycle Services Partner of the Year during its 2018 Volunteer Appreciation Events and Annual Meeting in Duluth, Minnesota on May 22. Through ReEmployAbility’s Transition2Work® program, the Red Cross has benefited from volunteers who assist in the chapter’s Disaster Assessment Team (DAT). Whenever there is a disaster in the area, such as a fire, flood, or tornado…[Continue Reading]

Liberty Mutual Releases 2018 Workplace Safety Index

Boston, MA -(PRNewswire)- The U.S. workplace is getting safer, but the cost of the most serious workplace injuries is rising, according to the findings of the most recent Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index. The number of the most serious workplace injuries and illnesses fell by 1.5 percent, while their cost – medical and lost-wage payments – increased by 2.9 percent between the 2017 and 2018 reports. The rank order of the top ten causes remained the same. “The annual ranking helps employers, risk managers…[Continue Reading]

Missouri Businesses Receive $800,000 in Safety Initiative Grants from MEM

Columbia, MO – The frequency of workers compensation claims continues to decline in Missouri, but Missouri Employers Mutual won’t stop until workplace injuries are eliminated. The Safety Fanatics at MEM awarded the company’s fourth round of safety grants to Missouri businesses this month to help them take the next step toward improving workplace safety. To date, MEM has awarded a total of 86 policyholders with nearly $800,000 in safety grants, and plans to give away a total of at least $1 million…[Continue Reading]

NC Industrial Commission Collects Over $5.1 Million in Fraud & Noncompliance Penalties at End of Q3

Raleigh, NC – The North Carolina Industrial Commission’s Compliance and Fraud Investigative Division continues to proactively identify businesses not complying with the Workers’ Compensation Act at an unprecedented rate. At the end of the Third Quarter of Fiscal Year 2017-2018, the Compliance Unit collected over $5.1 million in penalties, significantly more than the $1.15 million collected the first three quarters of Fiscal Year 2016-2017. The Commission attributes a significant portion…[Continue Reading]

CA Security Company Busted for $3.2 Million Workers’ Comp Premium Fraud

San Jose, CA – Security Code 3, Inc. owner Troy Carson, 55, of San Jose was arrested by Department of Insurance detectives for allegedly underreporting payroll by more than $12 million in an attempt to secure a lower workers’ compensation rate under false pretenses and cheating his insurer out of more than $3.2 million. Victoria Cruz, 46, Lanette Wiegand, 46, both from San Jose and Jaime Lugo, of La Crescenta also face charges in connection with the fraud scheme. In total, the quartet is…[Continue Reading]

Texas Mutual Awards $1M in Annual Safety Education Grants to 10 Texas Colleges

Austin, TX – Texas Mutual Insurance Company recently announced that it is awarding $1 million in grants to 10 colleges across Texas to fund workplace safety courses for employers, workers and the general public. Since 1999, Texas Mutual—the state’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance—has awarded $6.6 million in safety education grants, and more than 30,000 students have attended free safety institutes offered at various colleges. These grants support risk management…[Continue Reading]

Ohio BWC Gets 11 Workers’ Comp Fraud Convictions in April

Columbus, OH – An Ohio truck driver who worked for more than two years while collecting disability benefits could be ordered to pay more than $78,000 in restitution at his sentencing for workers’ compensation fraud June 14. Walter Lee, of Frazeysburg in Muskingum County, pleaded guilty to the fifth-degree felony April 25 in Franklin County Common Pleas Court. The judge ordered a pre-sentence investigation due to the large amount of restitution – $78,321 – owed to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation…[Continue Reading]

Injured Worker Discovers New Passion While Recovering With Help of Transition2Work

Tampa, FL – When an employee is injured on the job, the process of recovering and returning back to work can often be a trying and confusing time. They can feel disconnected from their employer and develop a sense of isolation. That’s why return-to-work programs, such as ReEmployAbility’s Transition2Work, are so beneficial. Transition2Work places injured employees at local nonprofit organizations across the nation to perform light duty work when their pre-injury employer cannot accommodate…[Continue Reading]

CA CHSWC Announces Safe Jobs for Youth Month, May 2018

Oakland, CA – The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC) recently announced Safe Jobs for Youth Month. Every May, statewide organizations and government agencies participate in and support a public awareness information campaign consisting of fun and engaging learning activities about safety for working teenagers. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, young workers (ages 16 to 19) in California experienced over 2,700 work related injuries in…[Continue Reading]

CompPharma President Joe Paduda to Testify before U.S. House Subcommittee on Opioids

Washington, DC – Joe Paduda, president of CompPharma, LLC, will testify before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protections hearing about opioids. “The Opioid Epidemic: Implications for the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act” hearing starts at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 8. “Unfortunately, when it comes to dealing with the opioid crisis, FECA is five or six years behind the rest of the workers’ compensation industry,” Paduda said. He will highlight…[Continue Reading]

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