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Uninsured employer bill takes effect

Uninsured employer bill takes effect

A bill signed last month by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper Jr. that allows the state’s Division of Workers’ Compensation to establish an uninsured employer fund became effective July 1. 

House Bill 1119, sponsored by Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada, sets up a fund that requires workers compensation penalties that previously went to the division to go instead to the Colorado Uninsured Employers Fund. Instead of the current automatic $250 a day minimum fine, the bill allows the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment to determine appropriate fines for companies that fail to provide workers comp coverage.

“The core issue here is that when businesses don’t have workers comp coverage, employees who are hurt on the job are the ones who suffer,” said Rep. Kraft-Tharp in a statement Saturday. “This new law is a smarter approach to enforcement, and most importantly, it will ensure better outcomes for hurt workers.”





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