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North Carolina Workers Comp Info – Shared Between Agencies By Creating Another Agency

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North Carolina Workers Comp Produces Another State Agency

A recent North Carolina House Bill (HB 112) seemed to cover the concerns that Workers Comp data is not being shared between agencies.  This situation has been of great concern as 35,000 companies were found to be uninsured for Workers Comp by a newspaper reporter who compared the available databases.I noticed a term in NC HB 112 referred to as the GBICC .  After further reading, I located a 66 page document by State Controller David McCoy on the GBICC.  The GBICC is an acronym for the Government Business Intelligence Competency Center.

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The GBICC’s  initial Workers Comp focus will be on employer’s compliance with insurance and employee misclassification.    Misclassification refers to reporting employees as independent contractors to avoid paying Workers Comp insurance and the various associated employment taxes.

Misclassification does not refer to the classification codes that are assigned to each worker or job function at a certain business or organization (i.e. 8810, 7219)

The agencies specifically mentioned in HB 112 are:

  • North Carolina Industrial Commission
  • Employment Security Commission
  • NC Rate Bureau
  • NC Department of Revenue
  • NC Department of Labor
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According to passage from the Controller’s report, the GBICC will work on key areas of program management to facilitate improved data sharing and analytics including:

  • Building consensus and agency “buy-in” for the emerging GBICC initiative to ensure that efforts are focused on appropriate priorities and adding value to the agencies
  • Establishing working groups of business stakeholders
  • Establishing a registry of available data for use by all State organizations
  • Establishing governance policies, procedures, and guidelines to broker data sharing agreements including the creation of a legal advisory group of subject matter experts on state and federal privacy, disclosure and security regulations
  • Establishing data and metadata standards based on national standards and industry best practices and determine how enterprise data model management and standards will be implemented

I will look over some of the other states’ methods of combining and analyzing employment databases for Workers Comp enforcement.   I will post any interesting findings.

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Raleigh, NC, United States

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James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Mgmt Consultants, Inc. in 1996. J&L’s mission is to reduce our clients’ Workers Compensation premiums by using time-tested techniques. J&L’s claims, premium, reserve and Experience Mod reviews have saved employers over $9.8 million in earned premiums over the last three years. J&L has saved numerous companies from bankruptcy proceedings as a result of insurance overpayments.

James has over 27 years of experience in insurance claims, audit, and underwriting, specializing in Workers’ Compensation. He has supervised, and managed the administration of Workers’ Compensation claims, and underwriting in over 45 states. His professional experience includes being the Director of Risk Management for the North Carolina School Boards Association. He created a very successful Workers’ Compensation Injury Rehabilitation Unit for school personnel.

James’s educational background, which centered on computer technology, culminated in earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA); an Associate in Claims designation (AIC); and an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM). He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a licensed financial advisor. The NC Department of Insurance has certified him as an insurance instructor. He also possesses a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science.

LexisNexis has twice recognized his blog as one of the Top 25 Blogs on Workers’ Compensation. J&L has been listed in AM Best’s Preferred Providers Directory for Insurance Experts – Workers Compensation for over eight years. He recently won the prestigious Baucom Shine Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer contributions to the area of risk management and safety. James was recently named as an instructor for the prestigious Insurance Academy.

James is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the North Carolina Mid-State Safety Council. He has published two manuals on Workers’ Compensation and three different claims processing manuals. He has also written and has been quoted in numerous articles on reducing Workers’ Compensation costs for public and private employers. James publishes a weekly newsletter with 7,000 readers.

He currently possess press credentials and am invited to various national Workers Compensation conferences as a reporter.

James’s articles or interviews on Workers’ Compensation have appeared in the following publications or websites:

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