North Carolina penalizing businesses without workers’ comp

The North Carolina Industrial Commission’s Fraud and Compliance team is seeking to punish employers that have failed to acquire workers’ compensation insurance as is required under law, according to the Triangle Business Journal on July 14.

According to the North Carolina Department of Commerce, most of the proceeds from these penalties will be re-invested into a state fund that is used to support the state’s public schools.

Businesses that do not comply with the policy of providing workers’ compensation insurance to its employees are given civil penalties and can even be charged criminally under state law. The commission has the duty and responsibility to bring forth punitive and corrective measures against offenders, such as filing charges and enforcing policies at individual businesses.

Between 2014-2015, these actions resulted in the acquisition of $992,965 in penalties from enforcement operations in the counties of Mecklenburg, Wake, Durham, Guilford, and Pitt. This amount was also allotted to the public school system fund.

Our attorneys at Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, in Raleigh handle workers’ compensation and workplace injury cases in the state of North Carolina. If you have been hurt in a workplace accident and you need legal help to create a workers’ compensation claim, call our offices today at (910) 488-1600.