Re: Volunteers, Emergencies and Workers Comp
I would say that's correct, you don't need to carry comp insurance for two reasons - they are volunteers and they are not receiving any "remuneration" (pay or compensation ) for their services.
It is my understanding that we don't need to carry workers comp
, because all the people "working" for us are volunteering their time and equipment. Is that correct
It wouldn't hurt to have these volunteers sign a waiver stating they understand they are not eligible for Worker Compensation Insurance and you assume no liability if they get injured - they volunteer at their own risk.
I'm a new employer in Louisiana. How do I know if I need workers' compensation insurance?
All public and private employers in Louisiana, with limited exceptions, are required to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage for their employees. Any person hired to perform services for remuneration, whether full or part-time, is considered an employee. There are few exemptions (PDF) to this requirement.
If you are unsure, contact the Financial & Compliance section of the Office of Workers' Compensation Administration (OWCA).
Who Is Covered By The Workers’ Compensation Law?
Domestic employees, most real estate salespersons, uncompensated officers and directors of certain non-profit organizations, and public officials are specifically exempted. Most volunteer workers would not be entitled to benefits.
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