Virginia: Civil Penalty When Uninsured for Workers’ Compensation Will Significantly Increase Effective July 1, 2014

Virginia: Civil Penalty When Uninsured for Workers’ Compensation Will Significantly Increase Effective July 1, 2014

Richmond, Virginia, May 21, 2014:  The 2014 General Assembly approved an increase in the civil penalty imposed when an employer required to insure under the Workers’ Compensation Act fails to insure.  An employer is required by state law to insure in Virginia when they regularly employ more than two part-time (or full-time) employees.  A business that hires subcontractors or other business to assist them in their trade or to fulfill a contract must count the subcontractor’s employees as well as their own employees in determining total employees for coverage requirements.  For a contractor whose work varies, the Commission looks to the “established mode” of performing work.  A contractor that hires one or more subcontractors with employees to accomplish their business is required to carry workers’ compensation insurance….read more.

Source: Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission