South Dakota Lawmakers may have to decide who qualifies for worker’s comp

From the Rapid City Journal — “The Legislature might be asked to clarify a worker’s compensation issue that recently developed in South Dakota — namely whether subcontractors must be covered by worker’s compensation insurance.If not, the public may end up paying more to ensure workers are covered by insurance in emergencies.A company that sells worker-compensation insurance reportedly has told some general contractors on construction projects they must pay for coverage of subcontractors.The dispute is whether the subcontractors are independent contractors who don’t have to have carry workers’ compensation insurance under South Dakota law.Property owners, taxpayers and consumers generally could ultimately pay higher prices if contractors have to factor higher work-comp insurance expenses into their bids….”

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