Workers' Compensation

Pennsylvania Employers Performing Work in Ohio Must Have Ohio Workers' Compensation Coverage

Recent changes to Ohio’s workers’ compensation law, which became effective Sept. 11, 2008, may impact Pennsylvania employers doing business in Ohio. In pertinent part, Pennsylvania employees working temporarily in Ohio are not exempt from Ohio’s workers’ compensation law. This is due to the fact that Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation law has no temporary worker exemption for Ohio employees. As a result, Pennsylvania employers who perform work in Ohio, even on a temporary basis, must have Ohio coverage for these employees.
 
Additionally, the new Ohio law now permits the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to offer "other-states coverage" for Ohio employees working out-of-state, and further allows Ohio employers to elect to obtain such "other-states coverage" through an "other-states insurer." Prior to this enactment, Ohio employers were only able to purchase workers' compensation insurance from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation.
 
For questions regarding these changes or Ohio workers' compensation law generally, contact the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation's toll-free assistance line at 1-800-OHIOBWC (1-800-644-6292).
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