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Now in Effect: A Fix for Workers Comp Violations
New Law Adjusts Fines for Workers Comp Violators, Creates Fund for Injured Workers
(July 1) – Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp’s new law to help small businesses and support workers who are hurt on the job went into effect today, the first day of the state’s 2017-18 fiscal year.
“The core issue here is that when businesses don’t have workers comp coverage, employees who are hurt on the job are the ones who suffer,” said Rep. Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada. “This new law is a smarter approach to enforcement – and most importantly, it will ensure better outcomes for hurt workers.”
HB17-1119 gives the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment discretion to determine appropriate fines for companies failing to carry required workers compensation coverage, rather than the automatic $250-a-day minimum fines that are currently assessed. The new law also uses the fines collected from violators to create a fund to assist employees who suffer on-the-job injuries while working for uninsured companies.
ATTACHED: Headshot of Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada
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