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September 19, 2022 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Prevailing in WCAB 132a Claim is Not Res Judicata in FEHA Case. Employers Must Set “Date Certain” for Emergency Leave Ending. S.F. Contractor Faces Multiple Felony Charges for Premium Fraud. NICB Partnerships Intensifies its Focus on California Insurance Fraud. Newsom Signs SB 1242 Adding Premium Fraud Reporting Provisions. Newsom Signs Law Extending Time to Study UR. Cal/OSHA Posts Guidance on Protecting Workers from Monkeypox. 61% of 6.2 Million Disabled People are Episodic and Not Permanent. Telehealth Utilization Fell 4% Nationally in June 2022. Hartford and Yale Team Up to Treat Injured Worker Addictions.

September 12, 2022 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Class Action Claims Amazon 8′ Warehouse Pods Violate FEHA. Johnny Depp’s Attorney Hired to Defend High Profile Comp Fraud Case. Jury Convicts Silicon Valley Man for $77M COVID Test Kickbacks. Newsom Signs Fast Food Standards and Accountability Recovery Act. CDC Reports Alarming Surge in Construction Worker Suicides. State Fund Reports 82% Reduction in Opioid Use since 2014. Scripps Performs First ACL Reconstruction-Alternative Repair. Boeing, Concentra, Shutterfly Join NSC Pledge to Reduce Work Injuries.

September 5, 2022 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Court Declines to Restrain “Rude and Aggressive” Workplace Customer. Employer Cannot Discover Immigration Status in Wrongful Termination Case. Judge Dismisses DAs’ Case Against Law Firm for $5M ADA Shakedown. Re-Hearing Revives Legality of Employer Arbitration Agreements. LAPD Officers Hired by Film Maker for Traffic Control Not Employees. Neurosurgeon Pleads Guilty to Accepting $3.3M In Kickbacks. So Cal Chiropractor Sentenced to 14 Months for Kickback Scheme. International DME Maker to Pay $25 M to Resolve Kickback Case. How the Great Resignation Impacts Workers’ Compensation. Workers’ Comp Benchmarking Study Releases 9th Annual Report.

August 29, 2022 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: WCAB Says New and Further Disability Must Occur Within 5 Years of DOI. WCAB Rejects Claim of Employment at Time of Fatal Car Crash. Judge Approves $30M Apple Security Check Pay California Class Action. Court of Appeal Rejects Staffing Agency’s Comp Policy Dispute. Study Finds U.S. Annual Insurance Fraud at Record $308.6 Billion. EDD Trust Fund $20B Deficit is More Than All Other States Combined. DHS Invites Comments on Employer Virtual I-9 Review Proposed Rule. Petitions Place So/Cal Healthcare Workers’ Minimum Wage Hike On Hold. SEIU Offers Delay of 2030 Hospital Seismic Retrofit for Higher Pay. Sedgwick Reports on Future Expectations for WC Claims Administration.

August 22, 2022 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Belligerent Truck Driver’s Misdemeanor Conviction Ends Comp Award. Ventura County Providers Pay $70.7M to Resolve FCA Allegations. O.C. Lawyer’s Victory Lap Turns Med-Mal Jury Trial Victory into Defeat. Randy Rosen MD Pleads Guilty in Orange County Fraud Cases. Stockton Doctor Resolves Neruro-Stimulator Fraud Claims for $2M. Gavin Newsom Appoints Applicant Attorney Joe Capurro to WCAB. CPWR Investigates Underlying Causes of Falls From Heights. WCIRB Updates Loss Elimination Ratios and Advisory Plan Tables. Congressional Proposal to Quadruple OSHA Fines Loses Support. Half of Doctors Considering Leaving Medicine Over Insurer Headaches.

August 15, 2022 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: California and U.S. Supreme Courts Face Off over Employer Arbitration. Injured Worker Fails to Prove an “Adverse Employment Action” After RTW. WCAB Panel Says – What Is In The File is Not What Is In Evidence. San Francisco Prevails in 11 Week Opioid Trial Against Walgreens. Is Zantac Litigation a Heads Up for Compensable Consequence Claims? NCCI Publishes New Countrywide Court Case Update. Orange County Man Arrested for Impersonating a Physician – for Years. Legislature “Suspends” Bill Triggered by Insurance Commissioner Scandal. Inflation Reduction Act Funds CMS to Negotiate Drug Prices. DWC Announces Return to In-Person Walk-Throughs.

August 8, 2022 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: WCAB Affirms Apportionment and Clarifies Hikida Rule. WCAB Has No Duty to “Rescue” Applicant From Take Nothing. Attorney General Lawsuit Says CVS Health Abuses its Market Power. Website Only Businesses Exempt from Disability Access Laws. Applicant Arrested Following Surveillance and Social Media Posts. OSHA Repeatedly Cites 1,600 Store Retailer for “Flagrant” Violations. Insurance Commissioner Sues Carrier for Illegal Marketing Tactics. Medicare Reverses Plan To Limit Hospital Safety Data Next Year. City Sues Feds to Keep 150 Year Old 700 Patient Rehab Hospital Open. Major California Employer Places Employee Well Being First.

August 1, 2022 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Court of Appeal Denies Injunction Classifying Lyft Drivers as Employees. Settlement of Individual Suit Does Not Bar Employee’s New PAGA Suit. Court Reviews Employer’s Requirement to “Provide” Employees Seating. Right to Arbitrate Ends When Employer Fails to Timely Pay Fees. Teva Resolves Nationwide Opioid Cases – Including California – for $4.25B. Home Health Care Owner to Serve 18 Months for Kickback Scheme. WCIRB Publishes 2022 Quarterly Experience Report. Self-Insured Total Incurred Losses Increased 13.1% Last Year. CWCI Says SB 1127 Reduction of Claim Investigation Time is Unrealistic. Hanover Launches Wearable Sensor Program to Reduce Injuries.

July 25, 2022 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Uber Resolves Claims for Overcharging People With Disabilities. Trial Set in Insurance Commissioner Lara “Pay-to-Play” Controversy. FBI Recovers Hospital’s Ransomware Payment to North Korean Hackers. Dozens Charged in $1.2 Billion Health Care Fraud Takedown. S.F. Voters Pass New Paid Emergency Leave Effective October 1. EEOC Updates Employer Mandatory COVID Testing Guidance. 400 Truckers at AB5 Protest Shut Down Port of Oakland. CDI Adopts Advisory Rate Lower Than Requested by WCIRB. DWC Clarifies Provider Directory Requirements for MPNs. Amazon Dives into Medicine – Agrees to Acquire One Medical for $3.9B.

July 18, 2022 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Business Owners Allowed to Proceed Against Carrier for COVID Losses. Job Applicants Not Employees When Tested for Drugs. Two Defendants Settle for $54M as SF Opoid Trial Enters Closing Arguments. Arguments Made in 14th Year of Jan-Pro California Wage Theft Case. “Yellowstone” Television Series Actress Faces Comp Fraud Charges. DWC to Re-Adopt Emergency Med-Legal Telehealth Regulations. Orthopedists Increase Use of Orthobiologics Over Surgical Intervention. COVID-19 Returns to Top Five Telehealth Services Nationwide. CHHSA Meets AB 133 July Deadline For Health Data Exchange Network. Controversial New City of LA Healthcare Worker $25/hr Minimum Wage.