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State: MN Report Says Paid Comp Claims Down 43% from 1997 to 2010:

The number of paid workers’ compensation claims fell 43% relative to the number of employees from 1997 to 2010, the 2010 “Minnesota Workers’ Compensation System Report” released Tuesday by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry shows.

The report says the workers’ compensation claim rate fell to 4.9 claims per 100 full-time-equivalent employees in 2010 from 8.7 in 1997.

Department Commissioner Ken Peterson said the report “underscores that Minnesota’s workplaces have become much safer for employees and comparatively less costly for employers ...

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State: FL Large-Deductible Policies Blamed for Possible Assessment:

By Jim Sams, Senior Editor

The Florida Workers’ Compensation Insurance Guaranty Association is considering levying its first assessment since 2005 after a spate of insolvencies by insurers that specialized in large-deductible policies for the staffing industry left it liable for nearly $50 million in claims.

Guaranty Association Executive Director Sandra J. Robinson has suggested that tighter regulations on staffing firms that use large-deductible policies may be necessary as her organization copes with the liquidation of Park Avenue Property and Casualty Insurance Co. ...

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State: CA Business Owner Accused of Underreporting $3.5M in Payroll:

A Southern California business owner faces 63 years in state prison for numerous charges, including 18 felony counts of misrepresenting facts to State Compensation Insurance Fund, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors say George Osumi II, 64, reported $1 million in payroll to State Fund between December 2001 and March 2006. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office said his actual payroll was $4.5 million. Not reporting the additional $3.5 million in payroll resulted in a loss of $814,000 ...

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State: CA DIR Launches Website to Aid Injured Workers:

The Division of Workers’ Compensation has launched a new website to help guide injured workers through the administrative claims resolution process.

DWC Administrative Director Rosa Moran issued a statement on Wednesday explaining that the online resource was created because workers who are hurt “need accurate information and assistance, and they need it quickly.”

She said that “(t)oo often injured workers are unaware of their rights or how to proceed with their claim,” and the website can “take them through the entire process ...

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State: CA Owners of Construction Company Charged with Fraud:

The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office filed fraud charges against the owners of a Southern California construction company for allegedly underreporting payroll to their workers’ compensation carrier.

The District Attorney’s Office charged Gary Renshaw, 50, his wife Tammy Renshaw, 50, and their daughter Brittney Renshaw, 23, with nine felony counts of committing fraud to obtain workers’ compensation insurance at a reduced rate. Gary and Tammy owned GLR Companies Inc. in Yucaipa, and Brittney was an employee of the company.

Investigators allegedly ...

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