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    I am in Illinois and back in Dec,05 I was hurt at work which has been diagnosed now as a herniated disk in my back. I manage part of a swine confinement farm and they are saying that they do not have to pay workers comp because they are agriculture. My wife works at the same farm and recently broke her foot on the job. We are getting no help from the farm. We have bought all medications and paid all DR copays. The only money we have recieved was 1 week of sick pay and a 40 hour advancement that we were told would be taken back when we return to work. Due to the nature of my job I might not be able to return. BACK PROBLEMS AND FARMS DO NOT GO TOGETHER. This whole ordeal is financially ruining us while a multi-million dollar farm does nothing. What can we do.

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    Under Illinois Workers Comp Act: (820 ILCS 305/3) (from Ch. 48, par. 138.3)

    19. Nothing contained in this Act shall be construed to apply to any agricultural enterprise, including aquaculture, employing less than 400 working days of agricultural or aquacultural labor per quarter during the preceding calendar year, exclusive of working hours of the employer's spouse and other members of his or her immediate family residing with him or her.
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