LLC members can exempt themselves from workers’ comp coverage

As of Aug. 1,  members of a limited liability company can exempt themselves from Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act coverage. Corporate officers already have that option.

Act No. 2017-390 by Rep. Danny Garrett, R-Trussville, also removes the requirement that written notification be given to the Department of Labor of the exemption. The only notification required under the law is to the employer’s insurance carrier.

Another workers’ compensation bill, which would have expanded what constitutes punishable violations of workers’ compensation fraud, never received final consideration by the Alabama House. Using or coercing someone to make false statements or destroy or conceal documents to obtain compensation would have been punishable as a Class C felony under SB196 by Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur.

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