How Do I Know If My Employer Is Covered By Workers' Compensation?

The South Dakota Worker`s Compensation Law covers all employers with limited exceptions. Some employees that are exempt include: Domestic servants, unless working for an employer more than 20 hours in any calendar week and for more than six weeks in any 13­week period; Farm or agricultural labor; One whose employment is not in the usual course of trade, business, occupation or profession of the employer (independent contractor). This includes real estate agents, and owner­operators of trucks who are certified as independent contractors by the Department of Labor; Certain elected officials of the state or subdivision of government; and Workfare participants.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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