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Recent Developments in Pennsylvania Regarding Workers Compensation

A Pennsylvania court ruled that workers who were members of a church that made provision for its dependent members were eligible for exemption from workers compensation coverage.

Key point. In some states, employees of certain religious faiths may be exempted from workers compensation coverage if they satisfy certain requirements.

A Pennsylvania court ruled that workers who were members of a church that made provision for its dependent members were eligible for exemption from workers compensation coverage. Pennsylvania law permits an employer to file an application with the state to be exempted from workers compensation with respect to certain employees. The application must include a written waiver by the employee of all benefits under workers compensation along with an affidavit stating that by reason of membership in a recognized religious sect the employee is conscientiously opposed to acceptance of the benefits under workers compensation or any other any public or private insurance program. By law, such an application must be accepted if the state finds ...

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  • March 2, 1998

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