Workers Comp Privacy Mistakes Corrected For Now In North Carolina
North Carolina’s Workers Comp privacy advocates had a field day earlier this year. I think the entities that stood to benefit the most was the 30,000+ businesses that still yet today, have no Workers Comp insurance.
As you can gather from our website and blog, we provide a large number of services for employers in controlling their Workers Comp costs. However, I am still appalled that there is still basically nothing to entice or force a Workers Comp deadbeat company to pay their fair share of premium.
I have estimated that $150 million of premium is not even in the system. If that money could be infused into the system, the Workers Comp carrier, TPA’s, ancillary service providers, and other associated companies would initiate a hiring bonanza. The tax revenue would likely generate astounding figures for the state.
I find it hard to believe that there was a wheelbarrow-load of new rules on how providers and carriers/TPA’s were going to operate while the rules on how to get the 30,000+ employers on board to provide their injured employees with benefits languished for months.
Governor Bev Perdue then requested that a task force on NC Workers Comp as the best method to handle the 30,000+ employer problem. I see that nothing has been accomplished other than the outdated privacy laws would be removed on searching for an employer’s Workers Comp coverage. The privacy law mistakes will still be on the books until early next year.
I am not sure who came up with concept of shielding outsiders from seeing which employers had Workers Comp insurance and those that are still being scofflaws. As mentioned in a prior post, the West Virginia model for reporting and enforcement was what I would consider a success.
In this post and the next few, I will provide links on all of the News and Observer articles on this subject. I found a few great suggestions in the comment sections of the articles. I will not mention them here.
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