Actor Jim Carrey may have to pay thousands in fines after failing to provide workers’ compensation to employees in his New York-based art studio business, according to the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board.
The board found that Carrey’s business, Church of FFC, which opened in 2011, did not have workers’ compensation insurance during 2012. According to the actor’s representative, the oversight was due to “a clerical error,” and that the insurance carrier filed the business under the wrong employer identification number.
Although the board acknowledges that the error occurred and that Carrey’s business currently has coverage, they have recently gone to court to collect fines of $72,000, including noncompliance fees of $2,000 per 10 days.
According to New York state law, employers are required to carry an insurance policy under the following terms:
- A business that uses the services of paid full-time or part-time employees must have workers’ compensation.
- Workers’ compensation insurance must remain active for the life of the business, or as long as there are employees actively working.
- In most cases, any person who provides services to your business—including contract workers, day-laborers, borrowed employees and even volunteers—may be considered employees and will also need to be insured.
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