New Data System to Identify NC Workers' Comp Compliance
Posted on Sep 02, 2015
Multiple agencies are sharing data on the state-level through North Carolina's Government Data Analytics Center (GDAC). The collaboration is helping officials identify employers who fail to comply with requirements to have workers' compensation insurance. In North Carolina, all employers with three or more employees must maintain workers' comp coverage. Previously, one of the few ways officials would learn about a non-compliant employer is after a worker is injured and makes a claim for comp benefits only to discover there is no insurance coverage. Our workers' comp lawyers in Raleigh explain more about what an injured person can do if their employer does not have workers' comp insurance.
The GDAC data has helped identify approximately 600 non-compliant employers, according to technology news conglomerate GCN. The North Carolina Industrial Commission's Compliance Unit regulates employers who are in violation of the state requirements provided under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 97-93 and N.C. Gen. Stat. § 97-94. GDAC appears to be implemented in tandem with the Noncompliant Employer Targeting System (NETS) launched last year. NETS has also helped locate employers who fail to provide workers' comp coverage.
GDAC data is providing a way for officials to compare actual employee data with the type of insurance coverage maintained by the business. Discrepancies help determine a list of potential violators and then officials must conduct independent checks on each one.
Non-insured employers are still liable for their workers' injuries in most cases. Learn about a few exceptions where workers' comp law does not apply. Additionally, employers found in violation will not only owe the injured worker benefits, but they will likely be issued fines and other charges.
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