Pennsylvania Statutes Title 77 P.S. Workers' Compensation § 484. Exemption from coverage;  religious beliefs;  application

(a) An employer may file an application with the Department of Labor and Industry to be excepted from the provisions of this act in respect to certain employes.  The application shall include a written waiver by the employe of all benefits under the act and an affidavit by the employe that he is a member of a recognized religious sect or division thereof and is an adherent of established tenets or teachings of such sect or division by reason of which he is conscientiously opposed to acceptance of the benefits of any public or private insurance which makes payments in the event of death, disability, old age or retirement or makes payments toward the cost of, or provides services for medical bills (including the benefits of any insurance system established by the Federal Social Security Act 42 U.S.C. 301 et seq. ).

(b) The waiver and affidavit required by subsection (a) shall be made upon a form to be provided by the Department of Labor and Industry.

(c) Such application shall be granted in the Department of Labor and Industry shall find that (i) the employe is a member of a sect or division having the established tenets or teachings referred to in subsection (a);  (ii) it is the practice, and has been for a substantial number of years, for members of such sect or division thereof to make provision for their dependent members which in its judgment is reasonable in view of their general level of living.  Receipt of a form required by subsection (b) shall be considered prima facie proof that this subsection has been complied with.

(d) When an employe is a minor, the waiver and affidavit required by subsection (a) may be made by guardian of the minor.

(e) An exception granted in regard to a specific employe shall be valid for all future years unless such employe or sect ceases to meet the requirements of subsection (a).


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