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
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