May 22, 2018

CA Labor Commissioner Stresses Importance of Valid Workers’ Comp Insurance

Oakland, CA – Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su is reminding employers they must maintain valid workers’ compensation insurance coverage or its equivalent. Employers who purchased insurance with American Labor Alliance and CompOne USA are advised that the companies are not licensed to sell insurance in California.

“Employers who bought workers’ compensation insurance policies from these two firms do not have policies that meet the requirement to provide coverage and must purchase from a licensed company,” said Labor Commissioner Su.

The California Department of Insurance (CDI) recently announced the two companies and their parent agency are barred from selling workers’ compensation and liability policies, as they are not properly licensed. Information on insurance companies licensed to sell workers’ compensation insurance and an online rate comparison of the top 50 workers’ compensation insurers can be accessed on CDI’s website.

Failure to maintain valid coverage can result in fines of $1,500 per worker employed during the period the business was uninsured, and could incur additional penalties up to $10,000 and jail time. Additional details on workers’ compensation insurance requirements (PDF), including FAQs, are posted online.

The Labor Commissioner’s Office, officially known as the Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, inspects workplaces for wage and hour violations, adjudicates wage claims, investigates retaliation complaints, issues licenses and registrations for businesses, enforces prevailing wage rates and apprenticeship standards in public works projects and educates the public on labor laws. The division’s Bureau of Field Enforcement is responsible for investigating and enforcing certain statutes including those that cover group claims of unpaid minimum wage and overtime.

Employees with work-related questions or complaints may contact DIR’s Call Center in English or Spanish at 844-LABOR-DIR (844-522-6734).

Source: CA DIR

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