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What is payroll fraud?

As the owner of a business in California, one of your jobs is to ensure that all operations are completed accurately so that the company can grow and progress. Unfortunately, dishonest employees can make this difficult and, in most cases, there is no way to prevent them from doing it. Forbes.com reports on the danger that is payroll fraud.

How do I keep my retail employees safe?

As a retail business owner in California, you have a responsibility to maintain safe facilities not only for your customers, but also for your employees. Therefore, it is essential that you consider all of the safety concerns that your workers could face on a daily basis, and structure your store in such a way that you mitigate the risk of injuries.

Consequences for uninsured employers

If you are a business owner in California, failing to have insurance to cover workers' compensation claims could cause serious trouble for you and your company. Here at Sacks & Zolonz, we understand the difficult position your company could be in if you are unprepared for a claim, and we want to help mitigate the consequences.

Workers’ compensation fraud and patient protection

Despite California’s strict penalties for workers’ compensation fraud, there are still plenty of attempts to beat the system in many industries, including medical services. This is evident in a recent legal case that is returning to court this month and that involves not only workers’ compensation but also serious threats to patients’ health.

Man sentenced to jail for workers' compensation fraud

California employers are mandated by law to provide workers' compensation insurance for all employees. This is considered a relatively basic right by many workers. What should also be considered a relatively basic right by employers is that right is that employees will be honest about their conditions and only use or collect such benefits when truly needed. Sadly, this does not always happen.

Workers' compensation requirements

Are you an employer in California? If so, you should know what the state mandates in terms of your requirement to provide insurance for your employees should they become injured or ill due to a job-related situation or incident. As explained by the State of California, Department of Industrial Relations, workers' compensation coverage is put totally on the shoulders of you, the employer. Employees should not be asked nor required to contribute to any premiums for this type of insurance.

What is backdated liability coverage?

Your workforce is one of the most valuable resources your Los Angeles small business has. While you no doubt want to provide every workplace protection you can for your employees, the cost of worker’s compensation insurance may be prohibitive. However, if your company is legally required to carry such coverage, and one of your employees is injured on the job, you and your company could be facing, among other things, substantial fines. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, if one of your employees happens to file a claim that goes before the California Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board, you could be fined up $2,000 for each employee on your payroll if the claim is non-compensable, or $10,000 per employee if the accident is compensable.

Detailing the dangers construction workers may face

Those who work in the construction industry in Los Angeles play a vital part in the area’s growth and development. While a good measure of pride likely comes with this knowledge, it may be tempered by the fact that the construction industry currently ranks as one of the most dangerous. The reason for this may not necessarily be a higher rate of injuries compared to other job sectors, but rather the greater potential for fatalities if and when accidents do occur.

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