Fla. Looks into Worker’s Comp

Posted on June 7, 2003 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

MIAMI — As is the case in California, Florida operators were facing problems with worker’s compensation. “We don’t have anyone that wants to insure us,” said Carla Boroday of the Florida Limousine Association. “The rates are way too high. We’re trying to see what alternatives we have out there for us.” She noted that most of the independent contractor chauffeurs in Florida are now without worker’s compensation insurance because of the high rates. Like their counterparts in California, Florida association leaders have had talks with Victor Dizengoff, executive director of the New York Black Car Operators’ Injury Compensation Fund. The association also invited a representative of the National Independent Contractors’ Association to a recent meeting to explore the for-profit company’s benefit program for independent contractors. The NICA plan “does not replace workmen’s comp, but it’s like an insurance plan that the drivers can buy into [that would] help them,” Boroday said. Boroday said association members were in the process of exploring all their options with an eye toward finding a lower-cost alternative to the state’s rates. Boroday had previously expressed concerns about worker’s comp rates at the local association seminar at the LCT Show in February, where it became evident to her that not all states have it as bad as Florida or California.

“Maybe it’s because we’re more like a fly-by-night state [that our rates our higher],” she said. “People come and go; [Florida is] very transit compared to some of the other states.”

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