Raleigh News and Observer: Media wants veto on workers’ comp bill

From the Raleigh News and Observer (6/27/12): Gov. Bev Perdue is being asked by media organizations to veto a bill that would restrict public access to information about businesses that put their employees at financial risk by not purchasing legally required workers' compensation insurance.

An investigation by The News & Observer in April revealed that tens of thousands of North Carolina employers do not have the insurance. The Industrial Commission, which administers the Workers’ Compensation Act on behalf of the state, often first learns a company is out of compliance when someone is hurt and appealing for help.

The N&O investigation found that many injured workers never receive compensation for their injuries. Nor does the state-run Industrial Commission typically enforce fines or file charges.

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