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What Determines If I’m Covered by Workers’ Compensation in Kansas?

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Workers’ compensation laws differ from state to state, and several states allow smaller businesses to opt out of purchasing workers’ comp insurance. Kansas determines the size of a business, and whether the owners have to have workers' comp insurance, in a slightly unique way. They don’t look at how many employees work for a business, but judge instead by the size of payroll costs. 

In Kansas, state laws dictate any employer paying out more than $20,000 in non-family payroll must secure workers' compensation insurance benefits to cover all employees. The law doesn't apply to businesses that are in an agricultural-related industry.

In addition to carrying workers’ comp insurance, employers are responsible for reporting all workplace injuries. Kansas mandates that employers report any accident that occurs during the course of work if an employee is completely or partially incapacitated and can no longer perform their job for more than the day, shift, or turn in which the accident occurred.

The state of Kansas offers an ombudsman to help employers and employees come to terms on workers’ compensation claims.  Should you have additional questions about Kansas workers’ compensation, it might be beneficial to contact an attorney who understands Kansas state laws.

If you need a workers' compensation attorney, call us today at 816-842-7100. Or you can click here to email us and schedule your free consultation. 

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