Florida Moves to Aid Injured Immigrant Workers

On February 20th, a Senate committee narrowly approved a bill that would take out part of Florida law that lets employers deny benefits to injured workers who used other people’s Social Security numbers or identification to secure jobs. The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee approved the bill (SB 1568) that would remove a 2003 provision […]

Court Rules Grubhub Drivers Are Not Employees

On Thursday, California’s District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that Grubhub drivers are not considered employees, but contractors. As a result, food delivery workers do not qualify for worker’s compensation, overtime, minimum wage, or other employee benefits. This case is the first one to rule on the legal relationship between contractors and […]

Dump Truck Loses Brakes, Injuring 6

On Monday, February 5, a major accident occurred in Santa Rosa, California when a dump truck carrying debris from an October wildfire shot through an intersection and caused a crash involving 9 vehicles. The dump truck lost its brakes just off Highway 101 and attempted to swerve off the road to avoid cars but ended […]

Workers’ Comp for Breast Cancer Survivors

This past Tuesday in Sacramento, California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) won Assembly approval of her bill to protect workers’ comp claims of women with work-related breast cancer. The bill also prevents doctors from considering “child-bearing age” as a factor in deciding the workers’ comp award for a female employee whose work conditions […]

LAPD Officer Arrested for Workers’ Comp Fraud

Last week, a nine-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department was arrested on suspicion of workers’ comp fraud. On January 17, 2018, Jason Gordon, 48, was arrested in accordance with a felony arrest warrant for workers’ comp fraud and attempted perjury. When Gordon filed a medical claim in 2015, the LAPD’s Special Operations Division […]

California Family Leave Laws Increase Benefits

On January 1, 2018, two major changes to California’s family leave laws went into effect. Now, California workers can get paid a higher percentage of their normal income when on family leave, and employees of small businesses can now get unpaid leave. According to these changes, when workers take time off to care for sick […]

Workers Comp Victory for California Day Laborers

Drafted amendments to a year-old workers’ compensation bill meant to increase coverage to workers would cover California day laborers hired on a one-time basis. The bill, A.B. 206, introduced in January 2017 by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, D-Chula Vista, was amended last week to include mandates for workers comp coverage for a “person, including a day […]

Fatal Crash in Hanford on New Year’s Day

In the early morning on New Year’s Day, a Fresno man was killed after his car went into the opposite lane and hit another vehicle head-on. California Highway Patrol officials were called to a traffic collision in Hanford on State Route 43 on Monday, right after 2 a.m. Through their investigation, law enforcement officers determined […]

SpaceX Launch Viewing Causes Collision

People were buzzing last Friday, December 22 about the SpaceX rocket launch–and they got so distracted they weren’t keeping their eyes on the road. Footage from a car’s dash cam at the time of the rocket launch shows a three-car collision caused by driving rocket viewers. The collision occurred on the 10 Freeway in Banning, […]

California Has Lowest Work Injury Rate in 10 Years

According to the recently released 2016 report conducted by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, California work injury and illness rates continued to drop to the lowest in over ten years. The rate decreased from 3.8 injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time employees in 2015 to 3.7 in 2016. Breaking down the numbers The private sector […]
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