Five Things You Need to Know: 2/14, Tuesday Edition


CA Dreaming of a Streamlined Workers’ Comp Procedure (News)

    • On Dec. 2, 2015, married couple Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik opened fire at a staff meeting and luncheon taking place at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, CA. Farook, a health inspector with the San Bernardino Department of Public Health, and his companion killed 14 coworkers and injured 22 others before fleeing the scene in an SUV and later being killed in a shootout with law enforcement. For the unfortunate workers who were injured that day, getting full redress through the state’s workers’ compensation system has been difficult. To read more, click here.
The Taming of the Skew (Blogwire)
    • In the famous comedy by William Shakespeare, “The Taming of the Shrew,” the main plot depicts the courtship of Petruchio and Katherina, the headstrong, uncooperative shrew. Initially, Katherina is an unwilling participant in the relationship, but Petruchio breaks down her resistance with various psychological torments, which make up the “taming,” until she finally becomes agreeable. An analogous challenge exists when using predictive analytics with healthcare data. Healthcare data can often seem quite stubborn, like Katherina. One of the main features of healthcare data that needs to be “tamed” is the “skew” of the data. In this article, we describe two types of skewness: the statistical skew, which impacts data analysis, and the operational skew, which impacts operational processes. To read more, click here. 
Relentless Automation Creep (From Bob's Cluttered Desk)
    • Everyone, it seems, is talking about automation and artificial intelligence these days. The relentless cry is that “it is going to change our world”. I agree that this is going to occur. But what we don’t want to forget is that, over the last decade or more it has already happened, and we’ve barely seemed to notice. That is because the implementation of new technologies, despite the “shock and awe” nature of their capabilities, is a much more gradual and natural process than we envision in our dire warnings. The coming wave of AI and robotics will not be undertaken with a marching army of cyborgs demanding you clear your cubicle, but more likely as measured increments in the name of efficiency and cost control. And as indicated, this process is already well underway. To read more, click here.
CA Contractor Investigation Results in 15 Arrests (News)
    • The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit put together a Woodland investigation into unlicensed contractor violations, according to District Attorney Jeff Reisig in The Davis Enterprise. "A total of 15 arrests were made during the two-day operation for violations, including contracting without a license, posting false advertisements and not having workers’ compensation insurance. Those arrested were processed and provided information on how to become a licensed contractor," according to the article. Reisig said responsibility falls on the homeowner when hiring uninsured/unlicensed contractors. “If the employee was injured or killed while working on the homeowner’s property, the homeowner could be personally liable for all of the medical bills,” he said. “Most homeowner’s insurance policies will not cover these types of injuries, resulting in the homeowner owing hundreds of thousands of dollars and potentially losing their home and life savings to pay for these bills."
PA Dancer Files Suit vs. Pittsburgh Gentlemen's Club (News)
    • Dancer Nicole Morin has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of herself and those similarly situated against Mag Enterprises, Inc. doing business as Cheerleaders Gentlemen's Club. She alleges unpaid wages, violation of applicable minimum wage law/state law, and violation of Workers' Compensation acts, according to Louie Torres of the Penn Record. "According to the complaint, Morin sustained monetary damages from not being adequately compensated for working as a dancer. The plaintiff alleges the defendant classified the plaintiff as an independent contractor in order to avoid paying her minimum wages and overtime wages along with collecting a portion of the tips Morin received from customers," writes Torres. "Morin seeks trial by jury, an injunction against the defendant, unpaid minimum wages, unpaid overtime wages, restitution, liquidated damages, court costs and all further relief this court grants."  

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