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What is an employer under the workers’ compensation laws writing?

Workers’ compensation laws are set to circumstances in which an employee suffers a job-related injury, illness or death. A workers’ compensation claim is the exclusive remedy for employers and employees to determine the compensation an injured employee is entitled to receive for wage compensation, medical treatment, disability benefits or death benefits for surviving family members. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault insurance required by New Jersey and Pennsylvania laws for employers to have to cover workplace and work-related accidents and resulting injuries to employees.

An employee receives compensation in a workers’ compensation claim from their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. The employer must meet the definition of employer as defined under state law. Broadly, an employer is viewed as the person or entity that hires a person and pays them a wage or salary. The definitions of employer under New Jersey and Pennsylvania laws are more specific. An employer is a person, business, state or its political subdivision (cities, towns, counties), trustee or legal representative that controls the actions of the employee for the benefit and in furtherance of the interest of the employer. A person or entity is still the employer while the employee is in the course of employment during travel to the workplace, travel to a location for work-related activities, travel as a job description or condition of employment.

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