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26 Sep

Businesses using "Independent Contractors" to Avoid Workers' Comp Obligations

One of the central issues that has arisen for the workers’ compensation industry lately is what actually defines an “employee.” In recent years, businesses have begun to hire fewer traditional “employees” and gone with far more “independent contractors.” The…

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22 Sep

SB 1160 Seeks to Reform Workers' Comp System

The bill known as SB 1160 has made it through the California State Senate through a landslide 35-3 bipartisan vote and now awaits a decision from Governor Jerry Brown. If passed, this bill would implement major reforms to the state’s workers’ compensation…

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30 Aug

NBC Investigation Reveals CA Workers' Comp Challenges

NBC recently concluded a three-part investigation into California's workers' compensation program from the perspective of injured claimants. Disturbingly, it found what many of us have known for quite some time: that securing benefits is increasingly…

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24 Aug

Trying to Recover in a Broken System

In an article published this week by NBC Bay Area, the flaws as well as a few victims of the California workers’ compensation system were put on display. While some straight-forward claims move through the system with relative ease, the article focuses…

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19 Aug

LAPD Officers: "Workers' Comp is Failing Us"

One might think that a high-risk job in law enforcement would come with effective and prompt workers' compensation benefits for injured officers. A new investigative report from NBC4 News, however, has shed light on the struggles many officers face when…

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26 Jul

The Price Of Workers' Comp "Reform"

As reported by BenefitsPRO, a new report from the California Department of Industrial Relations indicates that the state has saved $600 million more than expected due to reforms passed in 2012. That might be good news for employers who have been undoubtedly…

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15 Jul

Suit Claims CA Workers' Comp Biased Against Women

Is the California workers' compensation system discriminatory against women? That is the claim of a new lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court earlier this month by several women claimants and a labor union. As CBS Los Angeles reports, the…

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27 Jun

The Major Hazard of Repetitive Motion Injuries

Years of performing the same repetitive tasks can leave significant damage to your body and place you at a high risk for long-term health effects. You may not even realize you are at risk for these injuries or that you may be suffering from one until…

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