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Unions being heard in health care debate Posted by on

Unions are fighting hard on Capitol Hill to prevent a tax on many union health plans from becoming a final part of a national overhaul of the health care system. The Associated Press covered the issue last week saying

At issue for the labor unions is a proposed 40 percent excise tax on insurance companies, keyed to premiums paid on health care plans costing more than $8,500 annually for individuals and $23,000 for families. The tax would raise some $150 billion over 10 years to help pay for the Democrats' nearly $1 trillion health care bill. The legislation, which appears to be edging closer to passage, would revamp the U.S. health care system with new requirements on individuals and employers designed to extend health coverage to more than 30 million uninsured Americans.

The plan would essentially tax people who have been buying their health care in order to pay for those who have not. Similar measures are already in place in many states in the country to provide funds for a ??free care pool?? or ??uncompensated care pool?? whereby medical providers are reimbursed by the state for services given to those who do not have coverage.

Union contractor makes valuable donation Posted by on

Jay Cashman, Inc. has been a union contractor for many, many years. The business--based in Quincy, Massachusetts and with offices in Boston, New York and Florida--does heavy civil and marine construction throughout the United States. Jay Cashman also acts as a developer and generous member of the business community and has been a sponsor of the "Carpenters Cure Fore Ovarian Cancer Classic."

His latest act of philanthropy was to donate more than 27 acres of company-owned land in Stoughton to a YMCA which it surrounds.

Company must pay for insurance, unemployment fraud Posted by on

A Massachusetts roofing company pled guilty Friday to 20 counts of unemployment fraud, four counts of larceny over $250, 60 counts of aiding or assiting in fraudlent tax returns and three counts of workers compensation fraud. Richard Copeland, owner of Copeland Contracting, Inc. (CCI) was given three-and-a-half years of probation and will pay $146,851 in restitution, according to a press release from the Attorney General's office. He was also ordered to complete 100 hours of community service.

From the release:

During the period of November 2003 through January 2008, Copeland held workers?? compensation policies with three different insurance companies. During that time, Copeland avoided paying the proper premium for these policies by misclassifying the type of work his employees performed. Copeland classified his employees as carpenters instead of roofers. During this five-year time period, three workers suffered serious injuries on work sites where CCI was doing business. When the injured workers filed workers?? compensation claims with CCI??s insurance companies, the insurance companies discovered that none of the injured employees were listed on CCI??s payroll. One of the insurance companies then contacted the Massachusetts Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB) as a result of the discrepancies between the payroll records and an injured worker??s claim.
The case was investigated by the Attorney General's Insurance and Unemployment Fraud Division as well as the state Insurance Fraud Bureau.