|Posted:||March 21, 2023 12:31 PM|
|From:||Representative Nick Pisciottano|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Direct Deposit for Workers’ Compensation|
|Workers’ compensation is a crucial system that helps individuals who may have been injured on the job keep a steady income until they are healthy enough to return to work. However, there is room to modernize the delivery of benefits because this system is still dependent on mailing physical checks, leaving these payments vulnerable to delays or misplacement. It is time our workers’ compensation system catches up to the rest of us in the 21st century by providing working Pennsylvanians injured on the job options to receive their benefits.
My bill will amend Act 338 of 1915 (Workers’ Compensation Act) by allowing individuals who qualify for workers’ compensation to request their compensation through direct deposit into an account of their choosing. These types of payment methods would be similar to the methods that are currently used to pay benefits to those that qualify for Unemployment Compensation. Allowing this type of payment could also save the employer or insurer time and expenses incurred mailing physical checks. Implementation of this change was recommended unanimously by the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) last year.
Please join me in helping injured workers get the timely benefits that they are owed by co-sponsoring this legislation.
Introduced as HB760