The News & Observer has put out a series of three editorials aimed at North Carolina’s Workers’ Compensation System. In the editorials, the author attacks what is termed a loophole in the state law where employers are classifying workers as independent contractors instead of employees. The articles describe a system where employers are buying “ghost policies” that fail to insure what should be classified as employees. See the articles here:
In response to the articles, Governor Purdue, legislators, and candidates running for election have promised action against those business who follow the described practices. Gov. Purdue has ordered a team of NC agency leaders to meet and develop a plan to address the problem. According to his twitter account, NC Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin is participating in the task force.