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287.035. Partners, sole proprietors may elect to receive benefits for themselves - employees, effect - insurer's liability - intent of law - withdrawal of employee from coverage, procedure. -

1. The benefits provided by this chapter resulting from work-related injuries shall apply to partners or sole proprietors, only when such partners or sole proprietors have individually elected to procure insurance policy protection for themselves against injuries sustained while in the pursuit of their vocation, profession or business.

2. An election by partners or sole proprietors to secure the protection of the benefits authorized by this chapter for themselves shall include their employees, if any, who are not eligible for compensation benefits except as provided by this section.

3. As respects the extension of benefits to employees pursuant to this section, there shall be general application of the compensation law; provided, however, section 287.030 shall be construed to encompass the limited application of this section to employers having less than five employees.

4. Insurers who underwrite the protection authorized by this section shall be directly and primarily liable for the benefits provided by this chapter.

5. It is the expressed intent of this section to allow the optional purchase of the protection for workers' injuries sustained by partners or sole proprietors, including their employees, while in the pursuit of their vocation, profession or business. As provided in this chapter, administrative and appellant jurisdiction shall be extended in regard to disagreements between injured individuals and their insurers, but any provision of this chapter requiring an employer-employee status, where none exists, is hereby waived to accomplish the limited application of this section.

6. (1) This chapter shall apply to any employee who is related to a partner or sole proprietor within the third degree of affinity or consanguinity unless such employee is withdrawn by the partner or sole proprietor from the coverage of the provisions of this chapter;

(2) Any partner or sole proprietor who wishes to withdraw from coverage any employee set forth in subdivision (1) of this subsection from the provisions of this chapter may do so by indicating such withdrawal from coverage under the provisions of a valid workers' compensation insurance policy by listing such employees to be withdrawn. The notice of withdrawal shall be in a manner and on a form as determined by the director of the department of insurance, financial institutions and professional registration. Such form shall require a list of those family member employees to be withdrawn, as described in subdivision (1) of this subsection. The withdrawal shall take effect and continue from the effective date of the insurance policy and any endorsements thereto up until the expiration date of the insurance policy or by written notice to the group self-insurer of which the employer is a member.

(L. 1983 H.B. 556, A.L. 1998 H.B. 1237, et al.)

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