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Another hilarious celebrity gets hit with a workers’ comp judgment and why it is no laughing matter.

We reported last year that Jim Carrey was fined $72,000 by the State of New York for not having workers’ comp insurance. Turned out to be a clerical error because the carrier filed the wrong employer identification number.

Tina Fey has now been hit with a $79,000 judgment by the New York State Workers Compensation Board. A spokeswoman for the actress says it is a mistake and workers’ comp coverage does exist for the period at issue.

This goes to show you that even celebrities have problems with workers’ comp insurance. Here are the penalties for Michigan employers if they do not have required coverage.

Michigan law

The most important component of the workers’ comp system is mandatory coverage. This protects both employees and employers in the event of a work accident. Generally, all private employers with three or more employees must buy workers’ comp insurance.

Automatic benefits include wage loss and medical care. Employers get protection from civil lawsuits regardless of fault. It is a compromise of interests.

Employers who game the system hurt everybody. Injured workers suffer when there is no coverage and medical bills don’t get paid. Taxpayers end up footing the bill through government programs and increased health insurance premiums.

Stiff penalties

Failing to have workers’ comp insurance is a misdemeanor. It is punishable by a fine of $1,000 and imprisonment up to 6 months. Each day’s failure could be considered a separate offense.

In addition, the employer is still responsible for paying workers’ comp benefits. Officers and directors of the company could be personally liable. It is also possible to sue the employer for additional damages like pain and suffering.

Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers never charges a fee to evaluate a case. We have represented injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Call (855) 221-2667 for a free consultation.

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