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November 22, 2021 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: OSHA Ordered to “Take No Steps” to Enforce Vaccine Mandate. OSHA Vaccine Mandate Cases Consolidated in 6th Circuit. Texas Sues CMS Over Healthcare Worker Vaccine Mandate. O.C. Disneyland Cast Loses Minimum Wage Class Action. SoCal Family Sentenced for $20M COVID Relief Fund Fraud. Santa Clarita Man Sentenced for $1.8M COVID-Relief Funds Fraud. Double Dipping Santa Rosa Injured Worker Convicted. City of Oroville and Other Governments Reject COVID Mandates. Drug Overdose Deaths Hit Record High During Pandemic. Company Awarded Patent for Exaggerated Injury Detection AI.

November 15, 2021 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Federal Court of Appeals Stays OSHA Vaccination Mandate. Court of Appeal Clarifies Math of Subrogation Recoveries. Opioid Drugmakers Prevail in Second Case This Month. Feds Sue Uber for Overcharging the Disabled in California. LAPD Chief Takes Tough Stance on Officer Vaccination. Angelenos Fight Back Over Strict COVID Rules. Feds Say “Most Truckers” Can Avoid OSHA Vaccination Mandate. California COVID-19 Cases on the Rise Again! New Study of Vaccination Outcomes of 780 Thousand Veterans. Elimination of Pre-authorization For PT Improves WC Outcomes.

November 8, 2021 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Orange County Judge Hands Opioid Makers First Victory in Nation. NCCI Releases Countrywide Court Case Update. Jury Finds SoCal Doctor Guilty of Sales of Unapproved Drug. Unlicensed Agent Arraigned for Stealing $1.4 M in Comp Premiums. Las Vegas Woman Pleads Guilty to $176 K EDD Fraud. OSHA Posts Vaccination Rules for Employer’s of 100 or More. City of LA to Implement Toughest Venue Vaccine Verification Rules. WCIRB Updates COVID-19 Impact Report. FDA Scheduled to Review Merck COVID Pill This Month. Vaccination Mandate Meltdown Increasing Coast to Coast.

November 1, 2021 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Exclusive Remedy Ends Wrongful Termination Case. Court Orders State Prison Staff to be Vaccinated. L.A. County Pursues Restaurants for Dining Ban Violations. EDD Fraud Loss Estimate Increased from $11B to $20B. Drywall Company Cited for $7.2M in Wage Theft Violations. DWC Announces 13.5% Increase in 2021 TTD Rates. Biden Abandons Plans to Limit Drug Pricing. San Diego Researchers Seek Better Coronavirus Vaccines. Hartford Ranks First in Digital Capabilities. Employers Holdings Announces Record Breaking Performance.

October 25, 2021 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: SCOTUS Declines to Hear Maine Vaccination Mandate Case. WCAB Reverses AOE-COE Finding for LAPD Basketball Injury. Jury Awards Pharmacist $27M in Walmart Wage Theft Case. Calabasas Physician to Serve 14 Months for $800K in Kickbacks. Construction Company Cited for $1.7M Wage Theft. 148 Elder-Care Workers Prevail in $8.3M Wage Theft Case. Another Former NFL Player Pleads Guilty to EDD Fraud. OSHA Suspends Adverse COVID Vaccination Effects Reporting. WCRI Publishes New Report on Medical Payment Trends. AB-5 May Soon Add to National Supply Chain Problems.

October 18, 2021 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: 500 L.A. Firefighters File Suit Over Vaccine Mandate. Southwest Airlines Pilots Seek Injunction Against Vaccine Mandate. Self-Referral Prohibition Does Not Apply to Same Office Facilities. Head of California’s Largest Union Indicted for Tax Fraud. Comp Fraud Charges Dismissed in COVID Self-Quarantine Case. DWC Posts 2020 Audit Unit Report. DWC Updates the QME Online Education Module. New Law Bans Discrimination Settlement Non-Disclosure Clause. NASI Report Shows National Employer WC Costs Top $100.2 Billion. Mitchell, Genex and Coventry Create “Enlyte” as New Parent Brand.

October 11, 2021 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: 9th Circuit Rejects Constitutional Challenge to AB 5. Employer’s Constitutional Challenge to Safety Citation Rejected. 18 Ex-NBA Players Arrested for $4M Health Care Fraud. Corona Pharmacist Sentenced for $13M Compound Med Fraud. Fraud Case Dismissed Against Turlock Physician After Full Restitution. Improving Outcomes for Work-Related Concussions. Pfizer Vaccine Protection Declines to 47% by 5 Months. USCF and Scripps Research Neuroscientists Awarded Nobel Prize. Work Comp Costs for Workplace Diseases Face Projected Increases. AM Best Reports WC Highly Profitable Compared With P/C Lines.

October 4, 2021 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Plaintiff Attorneys in Subrogation Action Can Settle and Switch Sides. Major SoCal Gaming Company Resolves EEOC Claims for $18M. Bizarre Premium Fraud Conviction Appeal Continues for 18 Years. Car Wash Owners Face Premium Fraud Charges. SoCal Woman Sentenced for Multi-Million Dollar Medical Fraud. Gov Newsom Vetoes Limitations on Apportionment. Newsom Signs Law Extending CIGA Authority to Borrow $1.5 Billion. CWCI Finds IMR Volume Continued to Decline in 2021. WCIRB Reports Lowest Written Premium Since 2012. California Business Exits to Other States Doubled in 2021.

September 27, 2021 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Modified Work Not Required After Discovery of Undocumented Status. Drugmakers Pay $453M to Resolve Pay-For-Delay Price Fixing. Understaffed Psychiatric Hospital Resolves Suit for $2.85M. 138 Defendants Charged in 1.4 Billion Healthcare Fraud Busts. Contractors Charged with $5 Million Premium Fraud Scheme. Global Fraud Prevention Market Growing 25% Annually. DWC Withdraws Setting of TTD Rates for 2022. WCRI Study Claims Early Manual Therapy Lowers Med Costs. Comp Drug Costs Decreased by 38% in Ten Years. NCCI Analysis Shows WC Costs More than Group Health.

September 20, 2021 – News Podcast


Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: California Supreme Court Affirms Privette Rule – Again! Darden Restaurants Defeats Minimum Wage Challenge. 9th Circuit Reverses Injunction on Employer Arbitration Ban Law. 6 LAPD Officers File Lawsuit Over COVID Mandate. Visalia Employer Arraigned on $2.5M Insurance Fraud. TD and PD Rates Remain Unchanged for 2022. The “Approved” COVID Vaccine is Not Yet Available in U.S. DWC Seeks Extension of Emergency QME Regs for 90 More Days. COVID Doubled WC Death Claims Last Year. California COVID Prevalence Rate Now Lowest in Nation.