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On March 30, the longtime director of the California Department of Industrial Relations, Christine Baker, announced her retirement after 34 years of service. Baker is known for accomplishing major reforms to curb workers’ compensation fraud and reduce painkiller prescriptions. In her retirement announcement letter, Baker wrote, “Since our major reforms to workers’ compensation in 2012, […]

In our present political situation, federal and state laws sometimes contradict each other. Currently, President Trump’s strict immigration policies are at odds with California’s “sanctuary state” policy. The state’s policy gives protections to undocumented immigrants and limits cooperation of local and state officers with federal immigration authorities. About 9% of California’s workers are believed to […]

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 […]

On Saturday, December 2, five workers were injured on California’s High Speed Rail construction project just north of Fresno, at the San Joaquin River crossing near Highway 99. State investigators reported that a tower made up of reinforced steel rods fell over and injured the five workers. Two were sent to the hospital for treatment. […]

Have You Hurt Your Back at Work?

Sustaining a back injury can happen in many ways, especially in jobs that work with equipment, machines, and on scaffolding. In these jobs, lifting or moving heavy objects can put excessive weight on your back and injure it. Repeating the same movements when working with machinery also puts your back at risk. In addition, tense […]

A Subsequent Injury Benefits Trust Fund (SIBTF ) is a monthly income from the State of California for workers who have had a workers’ compensation injury or other injuries or disabilities, whether or not they are work-related. SIBTF provides monthly financial support to Californians who have had previous health issues, such as injuries due to […]

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Falls can occur almost anywhere, from slipping on water and spilled ice on restaurant floors to falling from ladders or roofing. The truth is that most of us will suffer a fall at some point in our lives and it most likely won’t be your fault.  Accidents are especially troublesome, because they can happen anywhere […]