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.
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
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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