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Published 10th February 2011, 5:37pm

Failure to pay the prescribed health insurance fees for employees landed several business owners in court recently.

Last month, two business owners were successfully prosecuted after they pleaded guilty to "failure to effect and continue standard health insurance coverage for employees".

Magistrate Nova Hall handed down the following rulings: Treva McIntosh of Archie's Disco, Bar & Restaurant was fined $750 on four charges ($3000 total) to be paid in two months or four months imprisonment; Lisa Kandler of Crewe Road Esso was fined $750 to be paid in two months or two months imprisonment.

This month Magistrate Margaret Ramsey-Hale fined Jerrilyn Rankine-Gordon of The Party Mart Ltd $750 to be paid in two months or two months imprisonment.

The cases were all brought before the court by the Health Insurance Commission.

"I am very satisfied with the outcome of these cases. My department will continue to work behind the scenes to improve health insurance coverage for all workers," said Superintendent of Health Insurance Mervyn Conolly.

"With the recent amendments to the law, fines that can be applied to these violations were significantly increased from $5,000 to $30,000 on summary conviction and fines of $40,000 on conviction on indictment - up from $10,000.

"I therefore hope that the recent rulings by the Magistrates will serve as a reminder to all employers that it is important to make sure they adhere to the requirements of the health insurance legislation," said Superintendent Conolly.

(GIS)