Contractor insurance fraud and why it matters

Thanks to Workers Comp Insider for alerting me to this Insurance Journal article about building contractors who cheat on their workers comp insurance. Why does this matter for immigrant workers? Because employers who cheat on insurance – buying too little, or none at all – are those mostly likely to hire vulnerable immigrant workers and cheat these workers on other labor rights. The news story said nothing about the composition of the workforce, but I bet a lot of the lower skilled work was being performed by immigrant workers. I call this combination of insurance fraud and employer abuses a toxic cocktail that can kill.