Alaska Comp Board Assesses Penalty to Employer Not Carrying Coverage

 
The Alaska Workers Compensation Board assessed a $1.5 million civil penalty to Ultimate Tours, LLC, and Godwin Glacier Tours, LLC, for its reported failure to carry workers compensation insurance, misclassifying employees as independent contractors and violating stop-work orders.
 
 
"Ultimate Tours/Godwin Glacier Tours operates seasonally in the Seward area," said Mike Monagle, director of the workers compensation division.(WCxKit)
 
 
"Division of Workers Compensation staff repeatedly attempted to resolve the situation and bring the employer into compliance with state law, but for six seasons failed to reach an agreement with this employer," Monagle added.
 
 
The tour company, which operates glacier dog sled tours, glacier hikes, and helicopter flight seeing on the Kenai Peninsula, was in violation of stop-work orders for failure to insure its employees for 341 days, from Nov. 7, 2005 to Aug. 30, 2010. Five injuries have been reported to the division of workers compensation.
 
 
The tour company was assessed the penalty on 1,215 uninsured employee work days and additional penalties for knowingly misclassifying employees to evade workers compensation premiums.
 
 
Alaska law requires all employers to carry workers compensation insurance.
 
 
Employers who fail to comply with the law may be liable for civil penalties up to $1,000 per uninsured employee per workday.
 
 
Employers, who violate a stop work order issued by the Alaska Workers Compensation Board or the division of workers compensation, may be liable for an additional civil penalty of $1,000 for each day the employer is in violation of the stop work order.(WCxKit)
 
 
Officials also point out that employers who knowingly misclassify employees for the purpose of evading payment of workers comp premiums are not only subject to civil penalties for failure to insure, but may also be subject to criminal penalties for fraud.

 
Author Robert Elliott, executive vice president, Amaxx Risks Solutions, Inc. has worked successfully for 20 years with many industries to reduce Workers Compensation costs, including airlines, healthcare, printing/publishing, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality and manufacturing. See www.LowerWC.com for more information. Contact: Info@ReduceYourWorkersComp.com.

 
Do not use this information without independent verification. All state laws vary. You should consult with your insurance broker or agent about workers comp issues.
 
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