Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation laws & safety compliance analysis

Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation: What you need to know

Who Is Covered?

The requirement to insure workers’ compensation liability is mandatory for any employer that employs at least one employee who:

  • Could be injured or develop a work-related disease in this state;
  • Could be injured outside the state if the employment is principally localized in Pennsylvania; or
  • Could be injured outside the state, while under a contract of hire made in Pennsylvania, if the employment is not principally localized in any state, is principally localized in a state whose workers’ compensation laws do not apply, is outside the United States and Canada.

The foregoing applies unless all employees are excluded from the provisions of Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation laws. The following types of employees are excluded:

  • Federal workers;
  • Longshoremen;
  • Railroad workers;
  • Casual workers outside the employer’s regular course of business;
  • Individuals working out of their own homes on articles or materials for sale that are given to them;
  • Agricultural laborers earning less than $1,200 annually, if none works 30 days or more per calendar year or the labor is provided by the employer’s spouse and children under age 18;
  • Domestic workers;
  • Sole proprietors or general partners;
  • Individuals granted a religious exemption by the Department of Labor & Industry (DLI);
  • Executive officers granted an exclusion by the DLI; and
  • Licensed real estate salespersons or associate brokers paid by commission and considered independent contractors.
What Is Covered?
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