Alaska workers' comp laws exist to protect employees as well as employers. It's a system in which employers pay insurance carriers and workers injured on the job are eligible for payments for medical costs and loss of wages.
The Division of Workers’ Compensation is responsible for administering the Alaska Workers’ Compensation Act. The main office is in Juneau and there are regional offices in Anchorage and Fairbanks. This Division also helps to resolve disputes between employees and employers.
Employers in Alaska having one or more employees must maintain workers compensation insurance for their employees. Employers have the option to be approved to be self insured. There are a few exemptions including sole proprietorships, executives in a non-profit corporation, non-commercial cleaning workers, commercial fishers, and some part-time and transient help.
There are some situations in which employees are covered as employees of the state. These include members of state boards and commissions, volunteer emergency medical techs, students in work study programs and folks in the Alaska State Defense Force.
Generally, insurance is purchased from private insurance carriers. Another option for coverage is the Alaska Assigned Risk Pool which is administered by the NCCI. The cost of coverage is determined by the type of business, payroll and history of loss. The Division of Insurance can be reached at (907) 465-2515.
There are many forms that may be required as part of a workers comp claim. In Alaska, there are the "Claim for Benefits (Form 07-6106)", "Compensation Report (Form 07-6104B)", "Fishermen’s Fund, Claim Form (Form 07-6125)", "Fishermen’s Fund, Physician's Report (Form 07-6126)", "Physician's Report (Form 07-6102)", "Report of Occupational Injury and Illness (Form 07-6101)" and many more. These forms may be downloaded from the state website at: Alaska workers comp forms
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