Located at the geographical center of the contiguous United States, Kansas is home to numerous historical trails including the Lewis and Clark, Pony Express, Oregon, and Santa Fe. Kansas was also made famous by Dorothy, her little dog Toto, and that wonderful Wizard of Oz. The Sunflower State has also produced such luminaries as Buster Keaton, and Gone with the Wind’s Hattie McDaniel.
The economy of Kansas is driven by agriculture. The state ranks high in the national output of cattle, sheep, hogs, wheat, sorghum, soybeans, and corn. With all the oil fields in the western part of the state, Kansas ranks 8th nationally for oil and gas output. Kansas also hosts numerous Fortune 500 companies which specialize in telecommunications, automotive manufacturing, aviation, meat production, insurance, and package delivery.
Beyond the big corporations, most of the economy is driven by small firms, which make up 96.8% of the businesses in the state. These businesses provide paychecks to 53.4% of all private-sector employees.1 Many small firms are in the construction, retail trade, scientific and technical services, and health care industries. Whatever the source of their business, Kansas employers are obliged to provide workers’ compensation insurance for their employees if their annual payroll gross is $20,000 or more, and if they operate within an industry other than agriculture. A licensed insurance agent should be consulted to determine the needs of your business.2
Leading classes of small businesses in Kansas purchase workers’ compensation insurance including auto repair shops, machine shops, stores, restaurants, libraries, and cabinet manufacturers.
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1 "Small Business Profile, Kansas,” SBA Office of Advocacy, February, 2011. www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/files/ks10.pdf.
2 “FAQs for Employers,” Kansas Department of Labor, August 26, 2014. https://www.dol.ks.gov/WorkComp/FAQemployer.aspx
In Kansas, insurance is offered through Employers Compensation Insurance Company, Employers Assurance Company and Employers Preferred Insurance Company. Not all insurers do business in all jurisdictions.