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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 4, 2011
Attorney General Koster reaches settlement with companies over workers’ comp violations
-- companies to pay state $103,500--
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today he has reached agreements with two companies who violated Missouri’s workers’ compensation law by knowingly failing to report worker injuries to the Division of Workers’ Compensation within the prescribed time frame.
These cases represent a new type of case the Division of Workers’ Compensation is referring to the Attorney General’s Office. Koster said Specialty Risk Services LLC, headquartered in Connecticut, and Broadspire Services, Inc., headquartered in Georgia, are “third-party administrators” who contract with various companies to file reports of injury on behalf of those companies. The law requires that certain accidents involving a worker be reported to the division within 30 days. Broadspire and SRS failed on multiple occasions to report these injuries in a timely manner.
“The Division of Workers’ Compensation must know about worker injuries in order to ensure workers are aware of their rights and are being appropriately compensated,” Koster said. “These settlements demonstrate that our office takes seriously our obligation to the business community and to injured workers.”
Koster said under the agreement, Specialty Risk Services will pay the state $75,000, and Broadspire will pay $28,500. In addition, both companies admitted to violating the law, agreed to remain compliant for two years, and agreed to take necessary steps to prevent recurrence of future violations.
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