CFO Sink Sweeps Jobsites to Protect Florida Workers, Cracks down on 55 Employers
CONTACT: Kyra Jennings or Jennifer Hirst, 850-413-2842
TALLAHASSEE - Florida CFO Alex Sink today announced that her Division of Workers’ Compensation has completed a statewide sweep of construction and non-construction industries, interviewing more than 900 employers and employees at hundreds of jobsites across Florida. The sweep cracked down on 55 employers who were violating worker’ compensation laws, issuing stop work orders to the employers for violations such as failing to provide coverage, under-reporting payroll, and misclassifying job duties.
“Florida workers deserve protection, because if injured on the job they can face devastating medical bills and serious financial hardship if their employers aren’t properly covered,” said CFO Sink. “Our statewide workers’ comp sweep is the latest enforcement effort we have taken to ensure that Floridians aren’t facing unnecessary risks because their employer has chosen to skirt the law.”
During the two-day sweep, investigators interviewed employees and employers on jobsites and were able to utilize technological resources to verify information in real time before leaving each individual site. This real-time verification allowed for appropriate action to be taken immediately when necessary. Examples of non-compliance include operating a jobsite without workers’ compensation coverage, under-reporting payroll such as paying employees in cash instead of payroll checks, and misclassifying employees in order to receive a lower workers’ compensation rate.
“This type of proactive enforcement also helps our state’s businesses who are vigilantly following the law, because it creates a level playing field and cracks down on those who are trying to cheat the system,” CFO Sink continued.
In addition to the recent workers’ comp sweep, CFO Sink’s Division of Workers’ Compensation this June launched a Non-Compliance Referral Database, which allows citizens to anonymously submit suspected workers’ comp violations online and get real-time feedback about their complaints. The Division has already received over 1,000 referrals online, resulting in 149 enforcement actions and $5.6 million in assessed penalties.
As Florida’s CFO, Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services’ Division of Workers’ Compensation, which conducted nearly 30,000 onsite investigations to determine employer compliance in the 2008-2009 fiscal year. For more information about CFO Sink’s Division of Workers’ Compensation or to submit a complaint, visit www.MyFloridaCFO.com
or call (850) 413-1609.
As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, CFO Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services. A successful businesswoman with nearly three decades of experience in the private sector, Sink is serving her first term as Florida's CFO. As CFO, Sink's priorities include using her business experience to cut wasteful government spending, cracking down on financial and insurance fraud and reforming the state government's contracting practices.