You can't waive your rights to Illinois workers compensation benefits

A reader asks:

I am an actor part time and have a daytime desk job until I make it big (ha-ha).  The theater company says we are independent contractors and want us to waive our rights to workers' compensation benefits.  Should I do this?

You can sign a waiver, but it is meaningless as it is illegal to waive your right to workers' compensation benefits in Illinois.  No exceptions.  If you are truly an independent contractor, which I am guessing you are not, then it wouldn't matter to them anyway. 

If signing this form helps you keep your job then do it, but know that it can't be used to deny you benefits if you do get hurt on the job.

And of course this doesn't just apply to actors, but to any profession. 

We are workers' compensation attorneys that help people with Illinois work injuries anywhere in IL via our statewide network of attorneys.  Contact us and we will answer your questions or find the right lawyer for your situation.