A Pennsylvania Superior Court ruling last week means that the state government has five years — not two — to file criminal charges against corporations or individual employers over failure to maintain workers’ compensation insurance.

In Commonwealth v. Corban Corp., the three-judge panel reasoned that �501 of Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation Code, which criminalizes employers’ falling behind on their workers’ compensation coverage, should be covered by the lengthier statute of limitations found elsewhere in the Workers’ Compensation Code, rather than by the shorter one in the Judicial Procedure Code that is effectively a catch-all for a host of criminal offenses.

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