Workers’ comp provides coverage for injury or disease arising in the course and the scope of employment, regardless of negligence on the employer’s part.
Downton Abbey relies on the services of about 70 butlers, cooks, maids, farmhands, drivers, maintenance workers, office staff and more.
Michael Bauer, supervisor, Commercial Underwriting at Erie Insurance looked into workers’ comp coverage for all these workers. “If someone strictly works for you on a regular basis and you pay and supervise them, then they are your employee,” he says. “So you would need provide workers’ comp coverage for them.”
He adds that this only applies to someone like a full-time nanny who comes to your house on a regular basis and only works for you. “You don’t need to worry about someone like an occasional babysitter or a housecleaner who works for other people,” says Michael. “Any on-the-job injuries they incur are typically covered under your homeowners liability.”
Read the full story from Erie Insurance: “Downton Abbey: Workers’ Compensation“