When an employee is injured or becomes ill on the job in the state of New York, they often face significant physical, emotional, and financial hardships as a result. In these situations, they can be comforted by knowing that workers’ compensation is in place. This is insurance that provides coverage for any damages stemming from the workplace accident. However, it is important to know that not everyone is covered under New York’s workers’ compensation law. If you were injured in a workplace accident, contact an experienced New York workers’ compensation attorney for assistance navigating your case.

Who is Covered Under Workers’ Compensation Law?

Almost all occupations in New York are covered under workers’ compensation law. Employers are required to have coverage for the following individuals:

  • Workers for non-profit companies, including volunteer and family members, part-time, borrowed, and leased employees
  • Employees who work for counties and municipalities under hazardous conditions
  • Employees of the state
  • Full-time domestic employees, including sitters, companions, and live-in maids
  • Farmworkers for employers who are paid more than $1200 in labor for the previous calendar year
  • Corporate officers with more than two officers or stockholders
  • Public school teachers
  • Most workers for non-profit organizations

Who is Not Covered Under Workers’ Compensation Law?

Not everyone is covered under New York’s workers’ compensation law. Parties that do not lawfully have coverage by their employers can include the following:

  • Non-profit volunteers provided no compensation
  • Religious leaders, including rabbis, clergymen, sextons, Christian Science readers, and members of religious orders
  • Non_profit amateur athletic activity members
  • Teachers in non-profit religious, charitable, or educational institutions
  • Workers in a non-manual capacity for non-profit religious, charitable, or educational institutions
  • Those who receive aid for work with religious or charitable institutions and no under a contract for hire
  • Occupations covered under another compensation system
  • The child or spouse of a farmer without a contract for hire
  • Some employees of Native American Nations and foreign governments
  • NYC firefighters and police officers covered under the NYS General Municipal Law
  • Individuals who do yard work and casual chores
  • Independent real estate salespersons
  • Independent media sales representatives
  • Sole business owners or businesses with one or two officers with no employers

Contact our Firm

The Law Offices of George Poulos is an experienced Workers’ Compensation, personal injury, and Social Security Disability law firm with offices in Queens and the Bronx. We understand the implications of a serious accident, which is why we take pride in tenaciously representing our clients. If you require strong legal representation, contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation.