CFO Sink Promotes
Workplace Safety With Free Workers' Compensation Classes
Tallahassee, FL (CompNewsNetwork) - Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink,
who oversees the Department of Financial Services and the Division of Workers'
Compensation, announced today that the department will begin offering free classes to help
employers and contractors better protect their most valuable assets – their
“Floridians work hard and we want them to go home whole and
healthy everyday, so we will enforce workers' compensation laws to protect them,” said CFO
Sink. “Our goal is to make it easy for employers to comply with the law so that
employees can work in safe environments.”
Classes will begin October 1, 2008,
and will be led by 15 compliance investigators and supervisors who are licensed to provide
instruction in Florida's coverage and compliance requirements. The classes will provide
information on what is required under Florida's workers' compensation law, when
exemptions apply, what resources are available to help employers and contractors comply
with the law, and training on workplace safety. Contractors who successfully complete
the classes will be eligible for continuing education credits. For an initial class
schedule and to register, click on www.myfloridacfo.com/wc and look under
Under Florida law, non-construction businesses with four or more
employees must have workers' compensation coverage, and construction-related businesses
with one or more employees must have the coverage. Workers' Compensation
investigators can order non-compliant businesses to close their doors until they have
coverage, and in the last fiscal year that ended June 30, 2008, the division conducted
27,674 worksite investigations, issued 2,518 stop-work orders and assessed $48.5 million in
Premiums have dropped by more than half since the Legislature passed
legislation in 2003 that, among other reforms, put in place tougher enforcement
penalties. In addition, compliance and enforcement activities have added more than
43,000 employees to the workers' compensation system during the last four years.
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