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07/18/2024 04:48 PM
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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: December 20, 2022 01:59 PM
From: Senator Christine M. Tartaglione
To: All Senate members
Subject: Proof of Worker's Compensation
 
In the near future, I intend to re-introduce a bill that would require contractors to provide proof of worker’s compensation coverage to the Office of the Attorney General as part of the registration process under the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act. This would ensure contractors are held accountable for their employees’ worker’s compensation benefits, and it would help to secure the rights of employees and law-abiding employers in this state. This legislation was introduced as SB 215 in the 2021-22 session. Members who co-sponsored this legislation previously include Senators Fontana, Street, Santarsiero, Brewster, Costa, Schwank, Kane, Haywood, and Cappelletti.

Currently, Pennsylvania law requires certain employers to insure or self-insure the worker’s compensation liability of their employees. Unfortunately, not enough employers are operating legitimately in accordance with this law. This creates an unnecessary burden on the Uninsured Employer’s Guarantee Fund which is currently insolvent.

By requiring contractors to provide proof of worker’s compensation insurance, my legislation would help to enforce the current legal requirements of employers and reduce the obligations on the Uninsured Employer’s Guarantee Fund.

Please join me in sponsoring this important legislation as it is time to impose a system of fairness on the worker’s compensation system and crack down on those employers operating outside of the law.
 



Introduced as SB171