Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Commonwealth Court Holds W.C. Security Fund Is Not Subject to Penalties

The Commonwealth Court held in G. Luvine v. WCAB (Erisco Industries) that a penalty may not be awarded against the Workers' Compensation Security Fund. The Court stated the Board was correct to apply the case of Chiconella v. Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Century Steel Erectors, Inc.), 845 A.2d 932, 935 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2004), which held the Subsequent Injury Fund is not subject to penalties. The Court reasoned that the two funds are not "insurers" under the Act because of their limited purpose and the fact they are not included in the statute's definition of "insurer".

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