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Report of the Grand Jury of the Supreme Court, State of New York


This report from the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., examines the vulnerability of New York’s workers’ compensation insurance system to fraud and misuse. According to the press release, "[The New York workers' comp] system, which requires employer self-reporting, is easily abused by unscrupulous employers who misclassify employees. Employers can easily lie about what work a particular employee performs, for example, reporting a roofer as a clerical worker, and thus paying a significantly lower premium. More egregious is fraud where an employer misclassifies a worker, who is required to be insured under the system, as an independent contractor, who is rather an employee." The report includes several recommendations to improve transparency and accountability within the system.


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