Who is not covered under Workers’ Compensation laws in New York?

One question that many people ask when they are injured on the job is whether they are eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits. If you sustain an injury while you are working, it is important that you report the injury to your supervisor as soon as you can. You may be facing high medical and rehabilitation expenses, time out of work, and the inability to go about your daily activities as you once did. If your employer does offer workers’ compensation benefits, the insurance information should be posted in a visible location that you can access. However, it is important to note that not all employees in New York State are covered under workers’ compensation laws.

Certain occupations that are not included under the workers’ compensation laws in New York State include people who work in religious fields, such as religious leaders as well as teachers in non-profit religious schools, sole business owners, volunteers of non-profit companies, independent sales representatives for media companies or real estate, among others. It is also important to note that New York City’s firefighters and police officers are not covered under the workers’ compensation law. However, firefighters may be covered under the New York State General Municipal Law. Things may get complicated if you are an independent contractor. If you are an independent contractor and aren’t sure whether you are covered under the law, it is important that you consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who can assist you.

The Law Offices of George Poulos is an experienced Workers’ Compensation, personal injury, bankruptcy, and Social Security Disability law firm with offices in Queens and the Bronx. If you require strong legal representation, contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation. 

This blog post was written on behalf of the Law Offices of George Poulos by Accel Marketing Solutions, Inc.