As the North Carolina legislature continues to ponder a bill that would seek to address the issue of employers mis-classifying employees as "independent contractors," it's worth taking a minute to ponder what's really at stake in this debate.
Under North Carolina's workers' compensation law, businesses in Fayetteville and every other North Carolina community must carry workers' comp insurance. While there are some limited exceptions, this essentially covers every business.
Workers' comp insurance covers employees, and that's where the problems arise. Workers' compensation is not extended to independent contractors. That means a "contractor" can't file a workers' comp claim, can't get medical benefits covered and can't receive benefits for serious, long-term disabilities, should one arise.
It has become increasingly clear that many companies are incorrectly classifying standard long-term employees as "independent contractors," disqualifying them from workers' compensation. Employees are suffering serious injuries and they are unable to receive the compensation to which they should be entitled.
Keep this reality in mind when listening to debates over any legislation. We urge legislators to take seriously the health and wellbeing of the state's employees.
If you live in Fayetteville or any other North Carolina community and you need a lawyer to help with your workers' comp claim, please call White & Stradley, PLLC today at 919-863-9397 or contact us online for a free consultation.