Is the sole owner of an S-Corp required to carry workers compensation for its employees?

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Is the sole owner of an S-Corp required to carry workers compensation for its employees?

Sole owner of an S-Corp In IL. Is an employee and gets a W-2; has 3-4 other part-time employee’s. Is owner required to carry Workers Comp?

Asked on February 18, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Illinois

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Worker's Compensation Law is generally broad to allow coverage and from what I understand, Illinois has one of the broadest, covering what they believe to be 91% of the workforce.  There are exception, though, and for the best answer I would contact your state worker's compensation commission.  Now, from what I understand, f you have one employee, even a part-time employee, you must obtain workers' compensation insurance, but there are some exceptions to this under the worker's compensation act.  There is also "automatic coverage" for those engaged in what they term "extra hazardous" employment.  And sole proprietors, corporate officers, etc., can exempt themselves under the act.  Speak with the Workers Compensation Commission: www.iwcc.il.gov


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