"Obviously, there is a lot going on that we can't get to, but the word is getting out that we're taking this very seriously and the consequences are going to be very severe," said Andrew Sabolic, chief compliance officer for the state Division of Workers' Compensation in Tallahassee.
Two years ago, the state reformed its insurance laws so that anyone caught with uninsured workers must pay 1.5 times the premium costs for each employee, retroactive for up to three years, Sabolic
said.The fines are routinely $10,000 or more.
While premium costs have dropped as a result, insurance policies for construction and roofing workers remain high because they have a high rate of claims and injuries, Sabolic
"Florida's had problems with noncompliance because it was always cheaper to ... take your chances than to pay for coverage," Sabolic