North Carolina Industrial Commission News

Cooper Nominates State Rep. Goodman to North Carolina Workers’ Comp Panel

A sitting North Carolina legislator has been nominated by Gov. Roy Cooper to serve on the state Industrial Commission. Cooper told legislators at the beginning of the month of his choice of fellow Democratic Rep. Ken Goodman of Richmond County …

North Carolina Gov’s Pick for Workers’ Comp Panel Rejected, Again

Republican legislators have rejected another candidate from Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper for the North Carolina Industrial Commission. The House voted 34-59 on Thursday against confirming Judge Robby Hassell of Greensboro. Cooper nominated Hassell for a commission seat designated for a …

North Carolina Steps Up Workers’ Comp Fraud Investigations, Fines for No Coverage

North Carolina has stepped up its efforts to identify businesses not complying with state workers’ compensation laws which it says has resulted in a significant increase in fines collected compared to the same time frame last year, according to a …

N.C. Court: No Workers’ Comp for Employee Injured While Smoking on Break

A North Carolina city employee isn’t owed workers’ compensation for an injury he suffered while smoking during a lunch break, the state appeals court ruled Tuesday. A three-judge panel of the North Carolina Court of Appeals said Larry Brooks’ fall …

North Carolina Proposes Rules for Opioid Use in Workers’ Comp Cases

The North Carolina Industrial Commission has proposed new rules related to the utilization of opioids, related prescriptions, and pain management treatment as a proactive measure aimed at curtailing opioid misuse and addiction in workers’ compensation claims, according to a statement …

North Carolina Assembly Confirms Governor’s Picks for Industrial Commission

The General Assembly has confirmed Pat McCrory’s two appointments to the North Carolina Industrial Commission, including a former Cabinet secretary. The Senate gave unanimous approval June 16 to Bill Daughtridge and Linda Cheatham. The House previously backed their appointments to …

North Carolina Cracks Down on Employers Lacking in Workers’ Comp Coverage

The commission responsible for enforcing workers’ compensation laws in North Carolina has cracked down in the last year on employers who don’t carry proper insurance, collecting $1 million in civil fines from uninsured companies. The News & Observer of Raleigh …

North Carolina Ruling Voids Government Immunity for Medical Examiner

A North Carolina agency’s ruling that a family should be paid nearly $400,000 for their anguish after a medical examiner misidentified a body and sent it to the wrong funeral home could open the door to similar lawsuits. The actions …

North Carolina Fails to Enforce Workers’ Compensation Mandate: Auditor

The state agency that decides how thousands of people are compensated for workplace injuries does a poor job of making sure companies obey a law requiring them to carry insurance, the state’s internal government watchdog reported Tuesday. The North Carolina …

Deal Reached on Change to N.C. Workers’ Comp Law

Legislators say they don’t expect any obstacles when they consider a bill allowing workers to make sure their employers carry workers’ compensation insurance on them. The News & Observer of Raleigh reported officials from three interested groups agreed to undo …