On March 21, 2013, I spoke on the topic of new employment laws for the Government Affairs Committee (GAC) of the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce. Also speaking to the GAC that morning was Head Deputy District Attorney John Morris of the Healthcare Fraud Division of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Deputy District Attorney Morris discussed the subject of combating workers’ compensation fraud, a topic near and dear to the heart of every employer. In addition to a great presentation, he was kind enough to share with me the a list of things to do before you allow a contractor to work on your home or business property to make sure that the contractor has workers’ compensation insurance. This list is available here. Taking these steps before an injury occurs means that the contractor’s workers’ compensation insurance company will have the responsibility for an injured worker. Which, I am sure you will agree, is much better than you being liable for the injury.
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