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VIAW Newswire 02.13.13

Posted on 15 May 2013 by admin

Fact sheets and guides for injured workers

These fact sheets provide injured workers with answers to frequently asked questions about issues affecting their benefits.

http://www.dir.ca.gov

Calif. Bill Aims To Curb Bias In Worker Wellness Programs

With wellness programs likely to gain in popularity in light of federal health care reform, a California lawmaker on Thursday introduced a measure that is looking to ensure that programs offering incentives to employees who get in shape don’t discriminate against individuals who have pre-existing conditions.

http://www.law360.com/employment

People With Mental Illness More Likely to Be Smokers, Study Finds

People with mental illness are 70 percent more likely to smoke cigarettes than people without mental illness, two federal health agencies reported Tuesday.

http://www.nytimes.com

Owner of Swimming Pooling Maintenance Company Charged With Classifying Employees As Independent Contractors (CA)

Michael Gregory Silverberg, the owner of United States Pools, a swimming pool construction and maintenance company, has been charged with embezzlement and workers’ compensation fraud. Silverberg is alleged to have improperly classified his swimming pool employees as independent contractors so that he could evade paying workers’ compensation insurance and payroll taxes.

http://palmdesert.patch.com

Construction Co. Settles DOT Workers’ Comp False Claims Suit

California-based Granite Construction Co. will pay $367,500 to settle allegations it padded its workers’ compensation insurance rates to get more money from the government for and Army Corps of Engineers projects, federal prosecutors said Friday.

http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts

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