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Bill to amend uninsured employers' financing advances



The Pennsylvania Assembly on Tuesday passed a bill that would amend the Workers' Compensation Act and amend the Uninsured Employer Guarantee Fund.

H.B. 1387, which passed the Assembly in vote 113-89, would allow the uninsured employer fund to be responsible for the wage loss payment for applicants if the workers provide credible testimony that they worked for an uninsured employer for less than 30 days and signed a declaration of their wages and hours worked, information about the employer including the names of supervisors and the reasons why they can not provide further proof regarding their salaries.

The bill would further amend the Workers' Compensation Act to require the State Insurance Department to report to the Internal Revenue Service if it suspects that the injured or uninsured employer has not reported, underreported or is liable to pay tax or state. In addition, if the department suspects that an uninsured construction employer has misclassified an applicant, it must report to the Bureau of Labor Law Compliance.

The bill would enter into force 60 days after it has been signed into law.

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