What Types Of Businesses Are Exempt From Worker’s Compensation?

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All state governments, besides Texas, require that employers carry worker’s compensation insurance for when an employee is injured on the job, enabling the employee to collect money for lost wages and compensate for medical bills.

However, there are specific job categories and types of businesses that have worker’s comp exemptions.

What Jobs Are Exempt From Worker’s Compensation?

Every state has varying laws surrounding worker’s compensation, but in North Carolina, these businesses are exempt from carrying coverage:

  • Companies employing two or fewer people
  • Agricultural employment with fewer than 10 employees
  • Certain sawmill and logging operations
  • All domestic employees, such as housekeepers and caregivers, are exempt

Other areas that are generally also exempt include:

  • Casual or seasonal workers
  • Real estate agents
  • Members of the clergy, and
  • Taxi drivers
  • Business owners
  • Sole proprietors
  • Members of an LLC
  • Partners
  • Independent contractors

Even if businesses qualify for worker’s comp exemptions for some employees, they may need to purchase the coverage for others. For example, the owner of a real estate agency in North Carolina can apply for an exemption for themselves and any commissioned agents. However, if they employ full-time, salaried office staff, they’d need worker’s compensation coverage for those employees.

To receive an exemption, business owners generally need to file a form with a state-approved commission or board.

What Should I Do If I’ve Been Injured On The Job And Need Worker’s Compensation?

If you’ve been injured on the job and worry the business you’re working for qualifies for worker’s comp exemptions, contact Hyland, Padilla, & Fowler immediately. We offer complimentary constellations to help you understand the odds of your case.

We can help you fill out your worker’s compensation forms, negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf, and advise you when a settlement could be beneficial.

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