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8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill modifies the Workers' Compensation Act to address excluding directors or
11 officers of corporations from coverage as employees.
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This bill:
14 . provides that if a corporation does not have an insurance carrier, it can notify the
15 commission that it elects to exclude certain directors and officers from coverage
16 under workers' compensation as employees;
17 . grants rulemaking authority; and
18 . makes technical changes.
19 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
21 Other Special Clauses:
23 Utah Code Sections Affected:
25 34A-2-104, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2012, Chapters 346 and 363
27 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
28 Section 1. Section 34A-2-104 is amended to read:
29 34A-2-104. "Employee," "worker," and "operative" defined -- Specific
30 circumstances -- Exemptions.
31 (1) As used in this chapter and Chapter 3, Utah Occupational Disease Act, "employee,"
32 "worker," and "operative" mean:
33 (a) (i) an elective or appointive officer and any other person:
34 (A) in the service of:
35 (I) the state;
36 (II) a county, city, or town within the state; or
37 (III) a school district within the state;
38 (B) serving the state, or any county, city, town, or school district under:
39 (I) an election;
40 (II) appointment; or
41 (III) any contract of hire, express or implied, written or oral; and
42 (ii) including:
43 (A) an officer or employee of the state institutions of learning; and
44 (B) a member of the National Guard while on state active duty; and
45 (b) a person in the service of any employer, as defined in Section 34A-2-103 , who
46 employs one or more workers or operatives regularly in the same business, or in or about the
47 same establishment:
48 (i) under any contract of hire:
49 (A) express or implied; and
50 (B) oral or written;
51 (ii) including aliens and minors, whether legally or illegally working for hire; and
52 (iii) not including any person whose employment:
53 (A) is casual; and
54 (B) not in the usual course of the trade, business, or occupation of the employee's
56 (2) (a) Unless a lessee provides coverage as an employer under this chapter and
57 Chapter 3, Utah Occupational Disease Act, any lessee in mines or of mining property and each
58 employee and sublessee of the lessee shall be:
59 (i) covered for compensation by the lessor under this chapter and Chapter 3, Utah
60 Occupational Disease Act;
61 (ii) subject to this chapter and Chapter 3, Utah Occupational Disease Act; and
62 (iii) entitled to the benefits of this chapter and Chapter 3, Utah Occupational Disease
63 Act, to the same extent as if the lessee, employee, or sublessee were employees of the lessor
64 drawing the wages paid employees for substantially similar work.
65 (b) The lessor may deduct from the proceeds of ores mined by the lessees an amount
66 equal to the insurance premium for that type of work.
67 (3) (a) A partnership or sole proprietorship may elect to include any partner of the
68 partnership or owner of the sole proprietorship as an employee of the partnership or sole
69 proprietorship under this chapter and Chapter 3, Utah Occupational Disease Act.
70 (b) If a partnership or sole proprietorship makes an election under Subsection (3)(a),
71 the partnership or sole proprietorship shall serve written notice upon its insurance carrier
72 naming the persons to be covered.
73 (c) A partner of a partnership or owner of a sole proprietorship may not be considered
74 an employee of the partner's partnership or the owner's sole proprietorship under this chapter or
75 Chapter 3, Utah Occupational Disease Act, until the notice described in Subsection (3)(b) is
77 (d) For premium rate making, the insurance carrier shall assume the salary or wage of
78 the partner or sole proprietor electing coverage under Subsection (3)(a) to be 100% of the
79 state's average weekly wage.
80 (4) (a) A corporation may elect not to include any director or officer of the corporation
81 as an employee under this chapter and Chapter 3, Utah Occupational Disease Act.
82 (b) If a corporation makes an election under Subsection (4)(a), the corporation shall
83 serve written notice naming the individuals to be excluded from coverage:
84 (i) upon its insurance carrier [
85 any; or
86 (ii) upon the commission if the corporation is self insured or has no employee other
87 than the one or more directors or officers being excluded.
88 (c) A corporation may exclude no more than five individuals under Subsection
90 (d) An exclusion under this Subsection (4) is subject to Subsection 34A-2-103 (7)(d).
92 chapter and Chapter 3, Utah Occupational Disease Act, until the notice described in Subsection
93 (4)(b) is given.
94 (f) The commission may make rules, in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah
95 Administrative Rulemaking Act, regarding the form of the notice described in Subsection
96 (4)(b)(ii), including a requirement to provide documentation, if any.
97 (5) As used in this chapter and Chapter 3, Utah Occupational Disease Act, "employee,"
98 "worker," and "operative" do not include:
99 (a) a sales agent or associate broker, as defined in Section 61-2f-102 , who performs
100 services in that capacity for a principal broker if:
101 (i) substantially all of the sales agent's or associate broker's income for services is from
102 real estate commissions; and
103 (ii) the sales agent's or associate broker's services are performed under a written
104 contract that provides that:
105 (A) the real estate agent is an independent contractor; and
106 (B) the sales agent or associate broker is not to be treated as an employee for federal
107 income tax purposes;
108 (b) an offender performing labor under Section 64-13-16 or 64-13-19 , except as
109 required by federal statute or regulation;
110 (c) an individual who for an insurance producer, as defined in Section 31A-1-301 ,
111 solicits, negotiates, places, or procures insurance if:
112 (i) substantially all of the individual's income from those services is from insurance
113 commissions; and
114 (ii) the services of the individual are performed under a written contract that states that
115 the individual:
116 (A) is an independent contractor;
117 (B) is not to be treated as an employee for federal income tax purposes; and
118 (C) can derive income from more than one insurance company;
119 (d) notwithstanding Subsection 34A-2-103 (4), an individual who provides domestic
120 work for a person if:
121 (i) the person for whom the domestic work is being provided receives or is eligible to
122 receive the domestic work under a state or federal program designed to pay the costs of
123 domestic work to prevent the person from being placed in:
124 (A) an institution; or
125 (B) a more restrictive placement than where that person resides at the time the person
126 receives the domestic work;
127 (ii) the individual is paid by a person designated by the Secretary of the Treasury in
128 accordance with Section 3504, Internal Revenue Code, as a fiduciary, agent, or other person
129 that has the control, receipt, custody, or disposal of, or pays the wages of the individual; and
130 (iii) the domestic work is performed under a written contract that notifies the
131 individual that the individual is not an employee under this chapter or Chapter 3, Utah
132 Occupational Disease Act; or
133 (e) subject to Subsections (6), (7), and (8), an individual who:
134 (i) (A) owns a motor vehicle; or
135 (B) leases a motor vehicle to a motor carrier;
136 (ii) personally operates the motor vehicle described in Subsection (5)(e)(i);
137 (iii) operates the motor vehicle described in Subsection (5)(e)(i) under a written
138 agreement with the motor carrier that states that the individual operates the motor vehicle as an
139 independent contractor; and
140 (iv) (A) provides to the motor carrier at the time the written agreement described in
141 Subsection (5)(e)(iii) is executed or as soon after the execution as provided by the commission,
142 a copy of a workers' compensation coverage waiver issued pursuant to Part 10, Workers'
143 Compensation Coverage Waivers Act, to the individual; and
144 (B) provides to the motor carrier at the time the written agreement described in
145 Subsection (5)(e)(iii) is executed or as soon after the execution as provided by an insurer, proof
146 that the individual is covered by occupational accident related insurance with the coverage and
147 benefit limits listed in Subsection (7)(c).
148 (6) An individual described in Subsection (5)(d) or (e) may become an employee under
149 this chapter and Chapter 3, Utah Occupational Disease Act, if the employer of the individual
150 complies with:
151 (a) this chapter and Chapter 3, Utah Occupational Disease Act; and
152 (b) commission rules.
153 (7) For purposes of Subsection (5)(e):
154 (a) "Motor carrier" means a person engaged in the business of transporting freight,
155 merchandise, or other property by a commercial vehicle on a highway within this state.
156 (b) "Motor vehicle" means a self-propelled vehicle intended primarily for use and
157 operation on the highways, including a trailer or semitrailer designed for use with another
158 motorized vehicle.
159 (c) "Occupational accident related insurance" means insurance that provides the
160 following coverage at a minimum aggregate policy limit of $1,000,000 for all benefits paid,
161 including medical expense benefits, for an injury sustained in the course of working under a
162 written agreement described in Subsection (5)(e)(iii):
163 (i) disability benefits;
164 (ii) death benefits; and
165 (iii) medical expense benefits, which include:
166 (A) hospital coverage;
167 (B) surgical coverage;
168 (C) prescription drug coverage; and
169 (D) dental coverage.
170 (8) For an individual described in Subsection (5)(e), the commission shall verify the
171 existence of occupational accident insurance coverage with the coverage and benefit limits
172 listed in Subsection (7)(c) before the commission may issue a workers' compensation coverage
173 waiver to the individual pursuant to Part 10, Workers' Compensation Coverage Waivers Act.
Legislative Review Note
as of 1-18-13 5:00 PM