Every day, the state Department of Labor dispatches workplace inspectors to check for proper emergency exits, ample fire extinguishers, active safety training programs and dozens of other items needed to keep North Carolina workers safe on the job. One thing they’re not asked to look for: proof of workers’ compensation coverage for injured employees.
A News & Observer analysis found 300 businesses whose workers’ comp coverage appeared to be expired at the time of the inspection last year. It’s a simple cross-check of databases but no one in state government has bothered to do it. Read more here.
Other political news:
--President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are dining with winners of a campaign contest that included David Garcia, an associate music professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.