KENNEWICK, Wash.— The Department of Labor and Industries is now cracking down on employers who don't pay workers' compensation premiums.
Workers' compensation is a form of medical insurance that covers employees if they are injured while working.
Starting November 10th, construction firms with workers who do not have a workers' compensation account will be given a Stop Work Order. An SWO is a legal notice that requires an employer to immediately stop working until premiums are paid and provided.
An employer has 10 days to request reconsideration. During that time, the employer can continue to work by posting a bond of up to $5,000 per worker.
If the employer does not comply with the SWO they will face a penalty of $1,000 per day.