If you own a small business in New York, or you are a homeowner with a nanny, the law requires that you obtain workers compensation insurance. Although there are a few industries that are exempt from this requirement, it is mandated that most businesses have this type of coverage. If your business is found in violation of this requirement, you could be subject to an assessment from the New York State Workers Compensation Board of Compliance. In addition, you could also face criminal charges under some circumstances.
Unfortunately, small business owners with innocent intentions can still receive violation notices from the New York State Workers Compensation Board of Compliance. For example, the New York Department of Labor (DOL) may conduct an assessment into an unrelated issue and discover that you don’t have workers compensation insurance. The Workers Compensation Board does not consider your intentions when issuing penalties. The violation notices are based on facts, which is why sometimes small business owners who didn’t know they needed workers compensation insurance can still face penalties.
In the past few years, there has been a significant increase in violation notices issued to small businesses and homeowners across the New York from the Workers Compensation Board of Compliance. This has resulted in homeowners and small business owners having to pay thousands of dollars in fines. If you get a notification from the New York State Workers Compensation Board for not having workers compensation insurance coverage for your workers, it is vital to contact an experienced attorney for confidential guidance on the best course of action. Our law firm has extensive experience helping small businesses and homeowners with a nanny save thousands of dollars in penalties. We can help you fight the penalty so you can continue to focus on your business or home.
It is important to note that when you ignore a notification letter from the New York Workers Compensation Board, there could be serious consequences. The Workers Compensation Board of Compliance is diligent in its attempts to collect violation payments. If left unpaid, your penalty could be released to a collection agency or attorney to seek judgement in favor of the Workers Compensation Board. When this occurs, the Workers Compensation Board has the power to take steps to enforce the judgement. As a result, a lien could be placed on your property and a hold on your bank accounts. In addition, you could also face higher insurance premiums for years and face thousands of dollars in fines. If the required payment for a penalty goes to default, it could accumulate interest. Don’t let this happen to you. Contact our law office today. We can help protect your assets and business.
What is a Judgement?
A legal judgement resolves all unsettled issues, which terminates the claim, and it is the official decision of the law. At this point, the New York Workers Compensation Board can freeze your bank accounts and put a lien on your property. This will have a negative impact on your credit score, and it could hinder your ability to work with other vendors.
What is a Stop Work Order?
According to Workers Compensation Article 141-b, a business could be issued a Stop Work Order that requires the business to cease all activities if there isn’t workers compensation coverage or if there is an outstanding payment owed to the Workers Compensation Board. In addition, a receipt of a Stop Work Order could lead to your business being banned from any New York State, municipal, or public works subcontract or contract for one year. If the violation is a felony, debarment could last for five years.
What if You Recently Closed Your Business?
This will depend on various circumstances. We advise you to contact our law office to speak with one of our Workers Compensation defense attorneys.
Steps to Take When You Have Been Issued a Workers Compensation Notice
After you receive a notification letter from the New York State Workers Compensation Board, you should immediately contact an experienced New York State Workers Compensation lawyer. While you can represent yourself during this time, it could have a negative impact on your business and yourself. There are many small business owners who attempt to start the process on their own and find themselves unprepared to carry it out, which is why it is important to let an experienced attorney help.
Next, you should begin to gather all the required documents. These documents typically include payroll and tax records, which can be extremely helpful with your defense. To find out more about how our attorneys can help you, contact us today.
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