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California’s Department of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) has issued its model notice to employees under AB 469

Posted on 05 January 2012 by admin

In October 2011, Governor Brown signed AB 469 – the “California Wage Theft Prevention Act of 2011” (the “Act”). The Act created Labor Code section 2810.5(a) which, as of January 1, 2012, requires employers to provide some new employees at the time of hire with a written notice that details their rate of pay, employer name and address, workers’ compensation carrier, and other information specified in the Act. The Act also instructed the DLSE to create a model notice that employers can use.


Bill McEwen: Worker’s sad story illustrates hypocrisy

By Bill McEwen Wednesday, Jan. 04, 2012 |

When a broken immigration system intersects with a patchwork health-care system — as it does here in the San Joaquin Valley — the inevitable result is the story of Marco Antonio Fuentes.

After more than a year of life-saving care at Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, Fuentes will continue his recovery with relatives in Northern California for a spell and then return home to Mexico.


Notes on the Concussion Crisis: Worker’s Compensation and Dementia

by David Castillo on Jan 4, 2012

2011 was a calender year for many things, but one of the more interesting yet unfortunate stories of the year involved the big business of college sports and the scandals that permeated the public discourse.

While the Penn State scandal dominated the airwaves, there was no shortage of cases illuminating a corrupt system with a fundamental problem in ignoring its labor force.


WCRI studies show recessionary impacts on state comp systems

Injured workers have been staying out of work longer in many states recently. That’s one of the findings of a new analysis series from the Workers Compensation Research Institute.

California. Average indemnity costs per claim increased 8 percent in California in 2009, which was faster than in prior years. A contributing factor was the average duration of TD benefits, which increased by nearly one week per year, along with a 1 percentage point increase in the percentage of claims with more than a week off work.


Agencies picked up $2 billion pension bill for workers — Dreamers, imagine this: Your employer makes its required contribution to your retirement account, and then makes your required contribution, too. Sweet? This is reality for many folks who work for California’s local governments. Teri Sforza in the Orange County Register — 1/5/12

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