In Pennsylvania, most employers are legally required to post a clearly visible and easily accessible notice containing the name, address and telephone number of who to contact regarding all Pennsylvania workers’ compensation claims and information. Knowing who to contact is important because it can prevent you from missing out on the employee rights you are entitled to in the event that you are injured on the job.
However, if you and your coworkers fall into one or more of the following categories, the employer is NOT legally required to insure you with compensation insurance:
- Federal Employees
- Railroad Employees
- Employees whose work is casual and not a regular procedure of the business of the employer
- Employees who work from their home or a different property not under the jurisdiction or management of the establishment AND who repair, finish, etc. items for sale that are given to them
- Agricultural laborers earning less than $1200 per person per calendar year in which none of the employees work for more than 30 days per calendar year
- Domestic workers who did not elect with the PA Department of Labor and Industry to be under the stipulation of the Workers’ Compensation Act
- Sole proprietors or general partners
- Employees that have been given impunity by the PA Department Labor and Industry due to religious beliefs
- Executive officers who have been given exemption by the PA Department of Labor and Industry
If you do not meet any of the above exclusions, your employer is legally required to insure you and your coworkers with workers’ compensation (even if you are part time). If your employer does not have a notice posted and/or you suspect he or she is illegally neglecting to insure their employees with workers’ compensation insurance, contact the Compliance Section, Bureau of Workers’ Compensation in Pennsylvania at (717) 787-3567 immediately. If you are an employer with questions as to whether or not you are legally required to provide your workers with workers’ compensation insurance, you should contact a competent Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorney right away.