Today’s post comes to us from our colleague Len Jernigan of North Carolina. We feel strongly that employer workers’ compensation fraud is a widespread and costly problem. If you see fraud in your workplace in Nebraska, report it to Nebraska’s Attorney General on his website or by calling 402-471-2682 or if you see fraud in your workplace in Iowa, report it to Iowa’s Attorney General on his website or by calling 515-281-5164.
All employees should be on the lookout for signs that their employer or potential employer is engaging in workers’ compensation fraud.
The list of signs below was inspired by this one from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries.
These signs may indicate that your employer is not paying workers’ compensation insurance for their employees. If they aren’t, this could put you in a very difficult situation if you are ever injured on the job.
If any of these signs sound familiar, report the employer to the Fraud Investigations Department of the North Carolina Industrial Commission and, if at all possible, find another job.
Your employer may be engaged in workers’ compensation fraud if:
- They pay you in cash and don’t give you any kind of payroll stub.
- They give you a 1099 form instead of the standard W-2.
- They pay you other than in cash or check, by such things as free rent, reimbursement of expenses, barter, etc.
- They pay you on a piecework basis and do not record hours. Continue reading