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Section 212 Voluntary coverage

Workers' Compensation (WKC)

1. Any employer not required by this article to provide for the payment of disability or family leave benefits to his employees, or to any class or classes thereof, may become a covered employer or bring within the provisions of this article such employees or class or classes thereof by voluntarily electing to provide for payment of such benefits in one or more of the ways set forth in section two hundred eleven of this article; but such election shall be subject to the approval of the chair, and if the employees are required to contribute to the cost of such benefits the assent within thirty days before such approval is granted, of more than one-half of such employees shall be evidenced to the satisfaction of the chair. On approval by the chair of such election to provide benefits, all the provisions of this article shall become and continue applicable as if the employer were a covered employer as defined in this article. The obligation to continue as a covered employer with respect to employees for whom provision of benefits is not required under this article, may be discontinued by such employer on ninety days notice to the chair in writing and to his or her employees, after he or she has provided for payment of benefits for not less than one year and with such provision for payment of obligations incurred on and prior to the termination date as the chair may approve.

  2. Notwithstanding the definition of "employer" and "employment" in section two hundred one of this article, a public authority, a municipal corporation or a fire district or other political subdivision may become a covered employer for the purpose of providing disability benefits under this article by complying with the provisions of subdivision one of this section and may discontinue such status only as provided in that subdivision.

  3. Notwithstanding the definition of "employment" in section two hundred one of this article, service as a farm laborer may become covered employment by the employer complying with the provisions of subdivision one of this section and such employer may discontinue such status only as provided in that subdivision.

  4. (a) An executive officer of a corporation who at all times during the period involved owns all of the issued and outstanding stock of the corporation and holds all of the offices pursuant to paragraph (e) of section seven hundred fifteen of the business corporation law or two executive officers of a corporation who at all times during the period involved between them own all of the issued and outstanding stock of such corporation and hold all such offices provided, however, that each officer must own at least one share of stock and who is the executive officer or who are the executive officers of a corporation having other persons who are employees required to be covered under this article, shall be deemed to be included in the corporation's disability and family leave benefits insurance contract or covered by a certificate of self-insurance or a plan under section two hundred eleven of this article, unless the officer or officers elect to be excluded from the coverage of this article. Such election shall be made by any such corporation filing with the insurance carrier, or the chair of the workers' compensation board in the case of self-insurance, upon a form prescribed by the chair, a notice that the corporation elects to exclude the executive officer or officers of such corporation named in the notice from the coverage of this article. Such election shall be effective with respect to all policies issued to such corporation by such insurance carrier as long as it shall continuously insure the corporation. Such election shall be final and binding upon the executive officer or officers named in the notice until revoked by the corporation.

  (b) Notwithstanding the definition of "employer" in section two hundred one of this article, a sole proprietor, member of a limited liability company or limited liability partnership, or other self-employed person may become a covered employer under this article by complying with the provisions of subdivision one of this section.

  5. A spouse who is an employee of a covered employer shall be deemed to be included in the employer's disability and family leave benefits insurance contract or covered by a certificate of self-insurance or a plan under section two hundred eleven of this article, unless the employer elects to exclude such spouse from the coverage of this article. Such election shall be made by any such employer filing with the insurance carrier, or the chair of the workers' compensation board in the case of self-insurance, upon a form prescribed by the chair, a notice that the employer elects to exclude such spouse named in the notice from the coverage of this article. Such election shall be effective with respect to all policies issued to such employer by such insurance carrier as long as it shall continuously insure the employer. Such election shall be final and binding upon the spouse named in the notice until revoked by the employer.