December 16, 2017

Kids’ Chance of America and State Organizations Celebrate 2017 Awareness Week

Philadelphia, PA -(PRNewswire)- Kids’ Chance Awareness Week 2017 recently kicked off on Monday November 13, 2017, and continues through November 17. At Kids’ Chance of America, they believe in making a significant difference in the lives of children whose parent(s) have been severely or fatally injured on the job by helping them pursue and achieve their educational goals. Collectively, Kids’ Chance organizations have awarded more than 6,000 scholarships across the country, totaling over…[Continue Reading]

NY Contractor Falsified Docs, Left Workers Without Comp Coverage

Albany, NY – New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott recently announced the arrest of the owner of a Queens building contracting company on charges he and the company falsified proof of insurance, left his employees without Workers’ Compensation coverage and stole more than $56,000 in insurance premiums that another construction company was ultimately forced to cover during a construction project at New York University (“NYU”) buildings in Manhattan and Brooklyn…[Continue Reading]

Fraud Scheme Doesn’t Float for Ohio Swimming Pool Business Owner

Columbus, OH – A Mansfield-area businessman must pay more than $33,000 in restitution to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation for filing phony records and scheming to avoid his debt for past premiums. Roger L. Graszl, the owner of Premier Gunite Unlimited Pools & Spas in Lexington, Ohio, also was sentenced to five years probation Wednesday in the Richland County Court of Common Pleas. The sentencing followed his guilty plea Sept. 13 to two third-degree felony counts of tampering with records…[Continue Reading]

SFM Offers New Assistance Program for Injured Workers

Bloomington, MN – SFM recently announced that it is now offering an innovative service to help injured workers deal with struggles of everyday life they may be facing. The Injured Worker and Family Assistance Program is available to injured employees whose workers’ compensation claims are being handled by SFM, as well as their household members and dependents. A group of SFM claims representatives recommended creating the program after seeing injured workers struggle with a variety of personal…[Continue Reading]

LWCC Kids’ Chance Invitational Golf Tournament Raises Over $35,000

Baton Rouge, LA – The fourteenth annual LWCC Kids’ Chance invitational golf tournament raised over $35,000 for the Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) Kids’ Chance Scholarship Program. The Kids’ Chance Scholarship Program provides scholarships to dependent children of Louisiana workers killed or permanently and totally disabled in a workplace accident. At the tournament, held at the Country Club of Louisiana in Baton Rouge on September 25, LWCC President and CEO Kristin Wall presented…[Continue Reading]

$1 Million Work Comp Scam Leads to Arrest of FL Construction Co Owner

Jacksonville, FL – Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and the Department of Financial Services (DFS) recently announced the recent arrest of Carlos Contreras, owner of DJC Builders & Construction. Contreras allegedly obtained a fraudulent workers’ compensation policy by underreporting the number of staff he employed, the company’s annual payroll amount and the company’s scope of work. By providing false information on the application Contreras illegally avoided paying more than…[Continue Reading]

LWC Task Force Says “GAME ON” in Fight to Stop Misclassifying Workers

Baton Rouge, LA – It’s a hidden crime with thousands of unsuspecting accomplices, a multi-million dollar payroll, and an unfair business advantage to the bad guys. But a team of state and federal agencies are working together to tell companies that if they misclassify workers, then it is GAME ON. GAME ON is the acronym for Government Against Misclassified Employees Operational Network, a unique task force found only in Louisiana. Partnering together are the Louisiana Workforce Commission…[Continue Reading]

WI Commissioner Approves Program Providing Worker’s Comp Premium Credit for Hiring Apprentices

Madison, WI – Wisconsin Commissioner of Insurance Ted Nickel and Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen announced today the approval of the Wisconsin Apprenticeship Credit Program as proposed by the Wisconsin Compensation Rating Bureau (WCRB). The program will benefit employers who hire and currently employ an apprentice through the state’s Registered Apprenticeship program. “In Wisconsin, we are seeking innovative ways to grow…[Continue Reading]

Award Recognizes Oregon’s Return-to-Work Programs

alem, OR – The Oregon Workers’ Compensation Division (WCD) has received an award from a worldwide organization for the division’s ongoing efforts and track record of success in helping injured Oregon workers return to work. The International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions – the largest trade association of workers’ compensation agencies in North America – honored WCD with a 2017 President’s Award. Such awards recognize the contributions of regulators…[Continue Reading]

Various Ohio Offenders Plead Guilty to Workers’ Comp Fraud

Columbus, OH – The Ohio Bureau Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation’s Special Investigations Division recently announced the guilty pleas of several individuals for attempting to cheat the BWC in October. Elizabeth Brown, of Groveport, Ohio, pleaded guilty Oct. 12 to one misdemeanor count of workers’ compensation fraud for working while receiving BWC benefits. Investigators discovered Brown had worked in customer service for four separate companies from September 2015 to January…[Continue Reading]

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