Pennsylvania State Workers’ Insurance Fund Consolidates 2 Divisions

July 16, 2012

Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor & Industry-operated State Workers’ Insurance Fund (SWIF) said today that it is consolidating the SWIF claims division and field operations division into the claims services division.

Officials said employers will see no disruption in services.

“This reorganization enables a more streamlined operation of SWIF, benefitting the more than 24,000 employers served by eliminating redundancies and making administrative processes more efficient,” said Elizabeth Crum, deputy secretary for compensation and insurance.

The consolidation will result in 28 staff furloughs across seven offices. Furloughed workers are located in the Lackawanna, Erie, Dauphin and Northumberland county SWIF offices. Officials said affected employees are aware of the consolidation and its effects. “The state will work with displaced workers to expedite their return to the workforce,” Crum added.

Created by law in 1915, the State Workers’ Insurance Fund provides an assured source of workers’ compensation insurance for Pennsylvania businesses and their employees.

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