Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features another interesting bit of enforcement news, with the North Carolina Industrial Commission’s recent reporting on the results of its efforts to develop and empower its Compliance and Fraud Investigative Division to identify noncompliant businesses, which create additional risks to their workers and harm legitimate operators, among other issues.
The compliance unit handles civil cases and issues civil penalties to non-insured businesses for failure to carry the requisite workers’ comp insurance. The commission noted that for Fiscal Year 2016-2017, the unit collected over $1.7 million in penalties, a 15% increase over the previous fiscal year total, which itself was 50% higher than the year prior. Additionally, the Fraud Unit issued 412 total charges for suspected violations of the Workers’ Compensation Act in FY 2016-2017, up 275% from 150 total criminal charges in the previous fiscal year, with just one charge coming against an employee.
Find out more (including some dramatic charts of the results!) by clicking here!