The General Assembly is attempting to make it harder for dishonest Employers to commit workers' compensation fraud by failing to get and keep workers' comp insurance. This legislation will make it easier to catch them before someone gets hurt.
It looks like the Legislature has reconsidered and will reverse its earlier decision to hide insurance coverage information from the public.
Even though there are thousands of employers committing workers' compensation fraud in this State every year by failing to purchase workers' compensation insurance, our legislature has now made it a lot harder to find out if an employer is complying with the law.
On August 19, 2012, the Observer ran this article about North Carolina workers who get hurt at work, and are then denied benefits because their employer fraudulently misclassified them as "independent contractors." If your employer is telling you when and where to work, and how to do the job, then you are probably an employee and not an independent contractor. Call us here at the Bollinger Law Firm if you are concerned about your employer committing misclassification fraud. We can help you. Here is the article:
The insurance industry would like for the public to believe that the fraud in the workers' comp system is all on the employee side, with injured workers claiming fake injuries in order to lay out of work and draw a check. Of course that is not true. Heck, the insurance companies choose the doctors who treat injured workers. How is it that so many injured workers are supposedly fooling the doctors chosen by the insurance companies? It makes no sense at all.