What is Workers Compensation insurance?
It is an insurance policy that is provided by the employer (by law) to pay employee benefits for job-related injuries, disability or death. The present law covers all Kansas employers except for those in certain agricultural pursuits or those with a gross annual payroll of $20,000 or less. All payroll is taken into account, including that paid in Kansas or elsewhere. If the employer is a sole proprietor or a partnership, the wages paid to the owners and any of their family members are not used in the computation of the gross annual payroll. Per K.A.R. 51-11-6, the provision in K.S.A. 44-505 excluding the payroll of workers who are members of the employer’s family shall not apply to corporate employers. A corporate employer’s payroll for purposes of determining whether the employer is subject to the workers compensation act shall be determined by the total amount of payroll paid to all corporate employees even when a corporate employee has elected out of the workers compensation act pursuant to K.S.A. 44-543.