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  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Announces Miami-Dade Workers’ Compensation Fraud Arrest

    January 29, 2024 HOMESTEAD, Fla. Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the arrest of Angel Santos Tzunun for worker’s compensation fraud for allegedly concealing payroll to avoid paying a higher worker’s compensation premium. Fraud detectives determined that Tzunun concealed more than $2 million in labor costs from contractors and avoided more than $100,000 in workers’ compensation premiums on two separate insurance policies. CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “As your CFO, I’ve made it my mission to fight fraud and ensure the crooks who choose to game the system are brought to justice quickly. Most Florida businesses play by the rules but when you intentionally defraud insurance companies it drives up costs for every Florida business and puts employees at risk. I want to thank my dedicated fraud detectives for their hard work in this case and holding the alleged perpetrators accountable for their actions. If you suspect fraud in your community, report it immediately at FraudFreeFlorida.com.” An investigation was conducted by the Department of Financial Services, Division of Investigative & Forensic Services, Bureau of Workers' Compensation Fraud, which revealed that the owner of Angel M.E. Construction Corp, Mr. Angel S. Tzunun actively concealed payroll to avoid paying a higher workers' compensation premium. In 2021, Tzunun renewed his contract with Southeast Personnel Leasing, with a reported annual payroll of $4,200.00. Based on the reported payroll, a premium fee of $665 was paid for period of January 1, 2021, to March 29, 2021. Shortly after, Tzunun applied for coverage with Florida Citrus Business and Industries Fund and provide an estimated payroll of $166,400. Based on the provided information, a policy was issued with an effective date of April 5, 2021, to April 5, 2022, with a premium of $6,356. Read More

  • CFO Jimmy Patronis Announces Two Arrests for Workers’ Compensation Fraud in Miami-Dade County

    January 26, 2024 MIAMI, Fla. Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the arrest of Juana Ledezma and Luis Ledezma for Workers’ Compensation Premium Fraud and Grand Theft for allegedly concealing payroll to avoid paying a higher workers compensation premium. An investigation revealed that during the policy period, the Ledezmas would have been assessed an additional $127,660.00 in premium charges. CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “Workers Compensation fraud is a costly crime that endangers Floridians and hurts honest business owners. As CFO, I remain committed to fighting fraud and ensuring that criminals who break the law are brought to justice. I want to thank my fraud detectives for working this case and brining these alleged criminals to justice.” An investigation was conducted by the Department of Financial Services, Division of Investigative & Forensic Services, Bureau of Workers' Compensation Fraud, which revealed that the owner of Superior Group Management Inc, Ms. Juana M. Ledezma and Mr. Luis I. Ledezma actively concealed payroll to avoid paying a higher workers' compensation premium. In 2020, Ms. Ledezma applied for worker compensation coverage with Clear Spring Insurance Company, with an annual estimated remuneration for the policy year would be $500,000. Based on the provided information, a traditional workers' compensation policy was issued with a premium of $31,294. Read More

  • Unhappy Workers Cost U.S. Businesses $1.9T

    January 23, 2024 Disgruntled employees cost U.S. companies an estimated $1.9 trillion in lost productivity last year, according to research from Gallup that puts a price tag on workplace unhappiness. That eye-popping figure stems from more Americans feeling detached from their employers in the aftermath of the pandemic. A measure of engagement from Gallup’s surveys had been steadily rising for a decade but peaked in 2020. The disruption of the past few years reduced satisfaction in the workplace, with more employees saying they don’t clearly know what’s expected of them — a symptom that reduces engagement. The stakes are high for companies because an engaged workforce increases productivity, and that helps boost sales and profit. Connecting better with staff also ups worker retention. Having motivated employees is linked to “a lot of different outcomes that are important to organizations,” said Jim Harter, chief scientist for Gallup’s workplace practice. Read More

  • Origami Risk launches workplace safety mobile app

    January 23, 2024 Origami Risk, a Chicago-based risk management software company, announced Tuesday the launch of its cellphone app Origami Mobile, designed for use by industry safety professionals. The app enables risk professionals, employees and contractors to conduct job site audits and inspections and report incidents from locations nationwide even in instances where Wi-Fi is unavailable. Users will be able to detect and report workplace operational hazards and behavior trends, monitor effectiveness of safety programs, gather and leverage real-time incident data and provide coaching and training services to workers. Read More

  • 8 HazCom Mistakes You May be Making … And How to Fix Them! —Feb. 27, 2024

    OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard is one of the most frequently cited standards and it’s easy to see why. With this multifaceted standard there are so many ways to make mistakes. First, 29 CFR 1910.1200 applies differently depending on whether you are an employer, chemical manufacturer, importer, or distributor. And it gets more detailed from there. You must identify hazardous chemicals employees are exposed to in the workplace, ensure proper labeling and accompanying safety data sheets, make safety data sheets accessible to employees, and inform and train employees on how to protect themselves from the hazards of the chemicals they work with. In this webcast, we'll look at: • 8 Common mistakes you may be making • Addressing issues we hear about every day, including secondary container labeling • What to do about mixtures • Who needs training • What exceptions apply • And much more! A Q&A session will follow the event - Bring your HazCom questions! Can't make the date? No problem! Register now and we'll send you a link to the recording after the live discussion. Event type:     Live Webinar          Cost:            Free Date:                Feb. 27, 2024           Time:           12:00 PM ET Event Host:     JJ Keller                    Duration:    1 hour Click here to Register

  • Navigating the Future: A Workplace Safety Regulations Update — Feb. 27, 2024

    Our expert speaker will deliver a review of current and upcoming regulatory changes that will be tailored for worker safety professionals. It will provide key updates, interpretations, and practical guidance on navigating the evolving landscape of workplace safety regulations. This session promises to equip you with the knowledge and strategies needed to ensure compliance and foster a culture of safety within your organization. Also, the presentation will review a notice of proposed rulemaking where parties could comment to OSHA before the agency makes a final rule. Event type:     Live Webinar          Cost:            Free Date:                Feb. 27, 2024           Time:           2:00 PM ET Event Host:    OH&S                         Duration:    1 hour Click here to Register

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