Tennessee Employment Fraud

4 Ways Tennessee Is Improving Access to Workers’ Compensation Benefits

by Staff Blogger | August 4th, 2014

State law in Tennessee requires most employers to carry insurance policies to cover the costs of work accident injuries. However, many companies try to avoid this responsibility by misclassifying workers or paying employees in an illegal manner.

The bad news is the injured workers are the ones who end up paying in situations like this. The good news is the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce (TDLW) is making efforts to prevent employer fraud to improve workers’ access to Tennessee workers’ compensation benefits.

Clarksville Online reports the first step taken by the TDLW was establishing the Employee Misclassification Advisory Task Force to come up with four recommendations for improving access to workers’ compensation in Tennessee. These recommendations include:

  1. Increasing enforcement – Cases of mismanaging employees or their pay are directed to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation or the appropriate District Attorney for investigation and prosecution. Tips lines have been established to report employer misconduct.
  2. Having More Investigators On Hand– Expanding the workforce, especially with bilingual detectives to allow more potential cases to be examined in a timely manner.
  3. Improving Technology– Acquiring fraud protection software is crucial to achieving the mission of preventing workers and payments from being misclassified by employers.
  4. Increasing Public Awareness– Campaigns to educate workers about their rights will help foster a grassroots mission to ensure workers’ health and safety.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville personal injury lawyers know the importance of workers’ compensation coverage, and we are hopeful the actions taken by the state will improve compliance with Tennessee’s workers’ compensation laws.

Tennessee Working to Address Construction Industry Employment Fraud

by Staff Blogger | June 9th, 2014

The construction industry can be one of the most dangerous lines of work for workers. These risks can be complicated further when employers cut corners on safety and following proper legal procedures to save money.

Some of the most common cases of employer fraud include:

  • Paying workers untaxed with cash
  • Underreporting wages that are paid
  • Misclassifying workers to avoid insurance payments

Working under these conditions can be extremely detrimental to a worker because it can exclude them from coverage under benefits such as Tennessee workers’ compensation or Social Security Disability when accidents occur.

The state’s Department of Labor is working to end these types of employment disputes though by investigating a number of the area’s construction firms and cracking down on offenses. The campaign is being called a success with the program recently getting its first settlement.

News Channel 5 explains a drywall business based in Nashville will pay $300,000 to settle claims they lied about the number of employees on their payroll to save money on insurance.

If you’re hurt while working under suspected illegal conditions, speaking with a qualified Nashville personal injury lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve. At Ponce Law, we’re here to help. Call us to speak with a member of our legal staff today.