I hear this a lot since Missouri does not require Employers to have Workers' Compensation Coverage unless they have 5* or more employees (including the Owners/Officers).
This is misleading because while true, the employer will not be subject to a significant fine from the State for not having coverage, Work Comp coverage is still strongly recommended since the law does not prevent an injured employee from suing an Employer - they can and likely will.
Here's a bit more information: Why Work Comp
The Cliffsnotes version is, protect yourself and your employees by securing the coverage. Without coverage:
- You may face significant defense and settlement costs
- Even with a bogus claim (there are many), you'll have to cover the cost of your legal defense, not to mention the time away from your business while defending the suit - it's much easier to turn the claim in and let the Work Comp Carrier handle it for you. You have a business to run and your money and time are better spent on your organization.
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*Just one for Employers in the construction industry