HB 789

A bill to be entitled
2An act relating to workers' compensation; amending s.
3440.107, F.S.; revising penalties applicable to
4employers who fail to secure the payment of workers'
5compensation as required; providing an effective date.
7Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
9     Section 1.  Paragraph (d) of subsection (7) of section
10440.107, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
11     440.107  Department powers to enforce employer compliance
12with coverage requirements.-
13     (7)
14     (d)1.  In addition to any penalty, stop-work order, or
15injunction, the department shall assess against any employer who
16has failed to secure the payment of compensation as required by
17this chapter a penalty equal to 2 1.5 times the amount the
18employer would have paid in premium when applying approved
19manual rates to the employer's payroll during periods for which
20it failed to secure the payment of workers' compensation
21required by this chapter within the preceding 1-year 3-year
22period or $1,000, whichever is greater.
23     2.  Any subsequent violation within 5 years after the most
24recent violation shall, in addition to the penalties set forth
25in this subsection, be deemed a knowing act within the meaning
26of s. 440.105.
27     Section 2.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2012.

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