With few exceptions, Pennsylvania employers must provide workers’ compensation coverage for all of their employees, including contract, at-will, seasonal, and part-time workers. Nonprofit corporations, unincorporated businesses, and employers with only one employee must comply with Pennsylvania law and provide workers’ compensation coverage for employees. However, certain types of executive officers of corporations may elect exemption from the Act.
An employee is any person who performs services for another for valuable consideration such as money in the form of wages or other compensation. The members of volunteer organizations such as fire departments are considered employees as well.
Some employees such as federal civilian employees, military personnel, railroad workers, maritime workers, National Guard members, longshoremen, shipyard and harbor workers are covered under separate and distinct compensation statutes. For example, longshoremen and harbor workers may be covered under both state and federal law but are typically covered under the Federal Workers’ Compensation Act.
Other workers that Pennsylvania law may not cover include volunteer workers, agricultural laborers, casual employees, domestics and employees granted a personal religious exemption from the Act’s coverage. If an employer does not have insurance or is not self-insured for workers’ compensation, an injured worker may be eligible for benefits from the Uninsured Employer Guaranty Fund.
Accidents happen in the workplace. Other circumstances may also arise in the workplace causing worker injury. For 110 years, Powell Law has litigated Pennsylvania workers compensation actions and obtained benefits for injured Pennsylvania workers. At Powell Law, we effectively assist clients throughout the entire workers’ compensation claims process. Consult an experienced Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorney. Contact Powell Law at (570) 961-0777. The consultation is FREE!