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Workers’ Compensation Laws and the Local Church

Important information for churches about employment policies and laws related to workers’ compensation. 

Workers’ Compensation Laws
and Benefits

Workers’ compensation laws exist in all states. They are designed so medical and disability benefits for a work-related accident, injury, or illness can be paid promptly without expensive legal fees to determine fault. Medical benefits have no dollar or time limits, and cash benefits are paid for lost wages due to impairment or disability. In severe cases, medical and vocational rehabilitation benefits may be provided. A few states exempt churches from workers’ compensation coverage, and several exempt all nonprofit employers. A few others exempt any employer, including churches, having fewer than two or three employees. However, the majority of states have compulsory participation laws.

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