Monthly Archives: January 2011

Attempts to level the field of play: Utah, California focusing on contractors

Utah and California are clamping down on contractors who scrimp on workers’ comp coverage, while California is also looking at the problems of liens that, according to a recent state report, are “choking” the state’s injured worker system. Meanwhile the … Continue reading

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More fraud: From shell companies to multimillion dollar settlements

[Editor's note: This is the second of two parts on workers' comp fraud. Part one is here.] In the preceding post, we looked at various cases of injured workers, from relatively simple scams to a bizarre case in which a … Continue reading

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It’s never a good idea to game Workers’ Comp system: injured, provider or carrier–it’s a bad idea

First of two parts on fraud in workers’ comp cases Fraud arises in all human endeavors, in all shapes and sizes, every flavor and scent. Accordingly, it’s no surprise that workers’ compensation fraud runs the gamut from simple to elaborate, … Continue reading

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Montana, Georgia push bills to deny workers’ comp to ‘illegal workers’

Workers’ comp issues  continue to roil the political waters of Montana, where recently introduced legislation to deny workers’ comp benefits to undocumented workers appears to have sparked similar legislation in Georgia. We covered some of the overall reform controversy in … Continue reading

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Washington governor makes ‘bold’ policy move; Florida system ‘competitive,’ says agency report

Workers’ comp reform remains a hot topic in the Northwest, where Washington State Gov.  Chris Gregoire is making news with what Bloomberg.com calls “bold policy suggestions,” a few months after the I-1082 initiative failed at the ballot box: After years … Continue reading

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AIG settlement grows, declined by some rivals; Illinois debate continues on divisive workers’ comp legislation

Following up on our post of Dec. 28, we see that the settlement in the AIG workers’ compensation case has trebled in scope. In Illinois, cases mentioned in that Dec. 28 post and in our Dec. 30 piece are gaining … Continue reading

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