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Is my employer in compliance with workers’ comp rules?

On Behalf of | Feb 19, 2024 | Workers' Compensation |

Employers in Pennsylvania have a responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of their employees while on the job. One crucial aspect of this responsibility is providing workers’ compensation insurance coverage.

Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance that provides benefits to employees who experience an injury or illness as a result of their work. The state has specific rules for when employers must provide this type of coverage for workers.

Compliance requirements

The state requires most employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance. The rule is coverage is mandatory for all employers with at least one employee. The only exceptions are for certain agricultural workers, casual employees, executives and domestic workers.

Employers in Pennsylvania must report any work-related injuries or illnesses to their insurance carrier within a certain timeframe. This includes providing prompt medical treatment to injured employees and assisting them with filing a claim if necessary.

Employers must also cooperate with their insurance carrier and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry throughout the claims process. This may include providing documentation, attending hearings and complying with any requests for information related to the claim.

Coverage options

Employers can obtain workers’ compensation insurance through private insurance carriers or through the State Workers’ Insurance Fund. It is the responsibility of employers to ensure that their coverage meets the requirements set forth by the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act.

Consequences of no coverage

Failure to provide workers’ compensation insurance coverage can result in serious consequences for employers. They face fines and penalties. Employers may also be financially responsible for any injuries or illnesses that occur on the job. Companies should be aware that employees have the right to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits for work injuries regardless of coverage availability.


Employers in Pennsylvania have a legal obligation to protect their workers. By fulfilling legal requirements for workers’ compensation, employers can avoid issues when a worker suffers an injury.