If you are a business owner in California, you have plenty of things to deal with every day. Unfortunately, many of the things you keep track of are administrative, but nonetheless important for the operation of your business. Each year, California business owners get a reminder to keep up with their workersâ€™ compensation insurance. Failing to do so could mean you need to secure a Los Angeles uninsured employers attorney. Today, the team at Sacks & Zolonz, LLP wants to discuss insurance requirements as well as some pitfalls to avoid when planning your insurance needs each year.
It is almost funny, but not so funny â€“ those annual reminders from the California Labor Commissionerâ€™s Office that they must maintain valid workersâ€™ compensation insurance for all workers, including part-time employees.
These reminders come with the list of consequences an employer could face if they fail to follow their requirements:
In todayâ€™s work environment, employers have so many things to keep up with, and we do want to stress the importance of staying in compliance with workers compensation laws. Aside from the penalties listed above, failing to have this insurance could result in an injured worker filing a personal injury lawsuit against you, opening you up to enormous liability.
However, determining who is and who is not a worker is becoming difficult. Recent changes to how the state classifies independent contractors have many California employers scrambling to reorganize and make choices about how to operate their business.
The Labor Commissionerâ€™s Office also reminds employers to only purchase insurance from companies licensed to see insurance in California. They have levied massive fines against American Labor Alliance and CompOne USA for selling insurance to California employers even though they are not licensed to sell here.
Always be sure to check the state workersâ€™ compensation requirements if you are confused about what to do. Staying in compliance can be expensive, but being out of compliance could put you out of business.
If you are in trouble with California authorities over issues related to workersâ€™ compensation insurance, you need to secure legal assistance immediately. At Sacks & Zolonz, LLP, we understand the issues that you are dealing with and will help you navigate these waters. Let us get to work on examining the facts of your case so we can chart a path forward. Our goal is to get you and your business through this with minimal disruption. When you need a Los Angeles uninsured employers attorney, you can contact us for a consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 310-216-7778.