Maggie Lindquist: Not on pay stub

November 6, 2012 

Not on pay stub

Before huge numbers of employees start accusing their employers of not buying worker’s compensation insurance as a result of the Nov. 4 letter “Workers beware,” which urged people to check their pay stubs to see if worker’s comp was being deducted, I would like to point out that worker’s comp is paid by the employer, not the employee, so there won’t be a deduction for it on your pay stubs.

I have done payroll for more than 35 years, first for my own business then for businesses I work for, and although every business I worked for paid worker’s comp, none of them deducted it from their employees. State and federal unemployment insurance is also paid by the employer, not the employee, so isn’t deducted from their paychecks, although it is being paid, as those people who have had to apply for it can confirm.

Maggie Lindquist

Chapel Hill

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