Small change to Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Law

by Karl Voigt, Esquire

There has recently been a minor change to Workers’ Compensation law in Pennsylvania. This change does not, however, affect injured workers. Rather, it allows some employers to increase the number of their employees that are covered.

The Pennsylvania legislature has recently passed a bill to allow employers to expand their workers’ compensation insurance. Namely,  sole proprietors, members of partnerships and members of Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) may now purchase insurance where before they could not. Prior to this amendment, sole proprietorships, partnerships and LLCs were exempt from mandatory workers’ compensation insurance requirements. These business owners did nt even have the ability to buy workers’ compensation coverage. While it is still not mandatory that they do so, they are now allowed to. This is particularly helpful for “hands on” owners, who labor or travel for their business.

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