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DIVISION 4. WORKERS' COMPENSATION AND INSURANCE [3200 - 6002]

  ( Heading of Division 4 amended by Stats. 1979, Ch. 373. )

PART 1. SCOPE AND OPERATION [3200 - 4418]

  ( Part 1 enacted by Stats. 1937, Ch. 90. )

CHAPTER 8. Election to Be Subject to Compensation Liability [4150 - 4157]
  ( Chapter 8 enacted by Stats. 1937, Ch. 90. )

4150.
  

When an employer has in his employment any person not included within the term “employee” as defined by Article 2 of Chapter 2 of Part 1 of this division or a person not entitled to compensation under this division, such employer and such person employed by him may, by their joint election, come under the compensation provisions of this division in the manner hereinafter provided.

(Enacted by Stats. 1937, Ch. 90.)

4151.
  

Election on the part of the employer shall be made in one of the following ways:

(a) By insuring against liability for compensation, in which case he is deemed, as to all persons employed by him and covered by insurance, to have so elected during the period such insurance remains in force.

(b) By filing with the administrative director a statement to the effect that he accepts the compensation provisions of this division.

(Amended by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1513.)

4152.
  

The statement, when filed, shall operate, within the meaning of Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 3600), to subject him or her to the compensation provisions thereof for the term of one year from the date of filing. Thereafter, without further act on his or her part, he or she shall be so subject for successive terms of one year each, unless at least 60 days prior to the expiration of such first or succeeding year, he or she files with the administrative director a notice that he or she withdraws his or her election.

(Amended by Stats. 1982, Ch. 454, Sec. 136.)

4153.
  

Such statement of acceptance includes persons whose employment is both casual and not in the course of the trade, business, profession, or occupation of the employer, unless expressly excluded therefrom.

(Enacted by Stats. 1937, Ch. 90.)

4154.
  

Where any employer has made an election in either of the modes above prescribed, any person in his service is deemed to have accepted the compensation provisions of this division if, at the time of the injury for which liability is claimed:

(a) Such employer is subject to the compensation provisions of this division and;

(b) Such person in his service has not, either upon entering into the employment, or within five days after the filing of an election by the employer, given to such employer notice in writing that he elects not to be subject to the compensation provisions of this division.

In case of such acceptance, the person employed becomes subject to the compensation provisions at the time of the filing of the election or entry in the employment.

(Enacted by Stats. 1937, Ch. 90.)

4155.
  

The State and each county, city, district, and public agency thereof and all State institutions are conclusively presumed to have elected to come within the provisions of this division as to all employments otherwise excluded from this division.

(Enacted by Stats. 1937, Ch. 90.)

4156.
  

Liability for compensation does not attach to any employer of a person excluded by paragraph (8) of subdivision (a) of Section 3352 from the definition of “employee” for an injury to or the death of a person so excluded which occurs on or after the effective date of this section if the employer elected to come under the compensation provisions of this division pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 4151 prior to the effective date of this section by purchasing or renewing a policy providing comprehensive personal liability insurance containing a provision for coverage against liability for the payment of compensation, as defined in Section 3207 of the Labor Code, to any person defined as an employee by subdivision (d) of Section 3351 of the Labor Code, however, this section does not prohibit an employer from providing compensation pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.

(Amended by Stats. 2017, Ch. 770, Sec. 7. (SB 189) Effective January 1, 2018.)

4157.
  

Where any employer has made an election pursuant to this chapter to include under the compensation provisions of this division an independent contractor engaged in vending, selling, offering for sale, or delivering directly to the public any newspaper, magazine, or periodical, the status of such person as an independent contractor for all other purposes shall not be affected by such election.

(Added by Stats. 1978, Ch. 672.)

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