For your employees, workers’ comp coverage provides benefits when they get a work-related injury or illness. For your business, workers’ comp limits your liability for workplace injuries or illnesses. Although, in a case of willful negligence by you, your business would not be protected from liability.1
Workers’ comp helps pay for any necessary medical care for work-related injuries or illnesses. It also helps partially compensate employees for lost wages after the first five calendar days of a disability.2
The DIA isn’t responsible for setting workers’ comp rates or class codes, which help determine workers’ comp premiums. Instead, the Workers' Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau of Massachusetts
(WCRIBMA) sets these rates and codes.3
As of July 1, 2018, the bureau recommended an 11.1% decrease in average rates for industrial classes and an 11.5% rate decrease for F-Classes. 4
What’s covered? The Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Act requires you to cover all workers at all times, covering:
Medical care for work-related injuries or illnesses
Partial wage replacement when your employees need time off to recover
Coverage requirements state you’ll need workers’ comp coverage for all your employees, regardless of how much time they work each week. You’ll also need it for yourself if you work as an employee at your business.
Domestic service employees are the only exception and need to work a minimum of 16 hours per week for workers’ comp coverage.6 Sole proprietors do not need to get workers’ comp coverage, unless they have employees.7
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from The Hartford today. We can help make sure you get the coverage you need.
Proof of coverage in Massachusetts is a “Notice to Employees” poster that you must hang in your work place. It should include the name of your workers’ compensation carrier,8 be readable in all appropriate languages9 and placed in a common area.
The Department of Industrial Accidents also has an online tool that allows your employees to see if your workers’ comp coverage is up to date.
If your business needs proof of coverage, contact our customer service team at 866-467-8730
What Workers’ Compensation Covers in Massachusetts:
Workers’ compensation insurance helps cover:
Accidents or injuries
that take place on the job. If an employee is stocking shelves at your store and breaks his arm, workers’ comp can help pay the medical costs.
Illnesses from poor working conditions, chemical exposure, or allergens.
Repetitive injuries that develop overtime and aren’t the result of a single accident. For example, carpal tunnel syndrome.
Missed wages when an employee gets hurt or ill and needs time off to recover.
Ongoing care, such as additional surgeries or physical therapy after an employee suffers a severe injury.
Funeral costs in the unfortunate event that an employee dies in a job-related accident.
Disability benefits if an employee is temporarily or permanently disabled from a work-related injury.
Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Rates
The Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA) manages the Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation system. The DIA is the court system for workers’ comp cases, providing support to:
The DIA makes sure that every employer in the state of Massachusetts has the right workers’ comp coverage.10
Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Claims
To file a claim in Massachusetts, visit The Hartford’s workers' comp claims
page today. There, you’ll find the claims forms and tracking tools you’ll need.
When filing a claim, make sure you have the necessary information, like:11
The exact date of the injury, illness, or death
The type of injury
The injured body parts
The first day your employee missed work
The fifth day your employee missed work
The doctor your employee is seeing for treatment
If an employee wants to appeal a claim that gets denied, it can be resubmitted to the Mass.gov’s website
. The DIA will then review your employee’s claim.
This article provides general information, and should not be construed as specific legal, HR, financial, insurance, tax or accounting advice. As with all matters of a legal or human resources nature, you should consult with your own legal counsel and human resources professionals. The Hartford shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, special, consequential, incidental, punitive or exemplary damages in connection with the use by you or anyone of the information provided herein.
11 “File a Workers’ Compensation Claim,” Mass.gov, https://www.mass.gov/how-to/file-a-workers-compensation-claim