Worker’s Comp Laws Don’t Apply to Certain Professions

Companion bills H.3396 and S.16 would amend state law to stipulate that worker’s compensation laws in South Carolina do not apply to any employees for which there is jurisdiction under either the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act or the Merchant Marine Act. Workers who are covered under either of these laws tend to receive more generous injury compensation benefits than they would under state worker’s comp laws. The intent of this bill would seem to be to prevent employees from double dipping with state worker’s comp laws when they are already covered by more generous federal law.

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