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General

  • How does an agent update their agency information in OAR?

    FAQ

    Click on the initials on the upper right of the blue bar on the Home Page. Click on “Profile”. Make your changes and select the Update Profile button.


  • How do I access the new "Carrier Membership Contact Update Forms"?

    FAQ

    You can click here to access it on our website. It can also be found on our homepage in the CARRIERS menu.


  • What is the procedure for a licensed carrier to become a member of the MWCIA?

    FAQ

    The licensed carrier should submit a request in writing to MWCIA, attention Jenny Lapke Jennifer.Lapke@mwcia.org, who will then send out a bureau membership package. It is helpful for you to provide the date of certification and if the carrier is part of a group. However, it is not necessary for the licensed carrier to contact the MWCIA. The Minnesota Department of Commerce sends the names of newly licensed work comp carriers to Jenny Lapke. This notification by Commerce triggers the sending of a bureau membership package to the carrier.


  • How do I get on the email distribution list for circulars and newsletters?

    FAQ

    Please send an email request to subscribe@mwcia.org with your name, email address, company name, address, phone number, and whether your company is a carrier, agent, or other (please identify what). When a circular or newsletter is published, you will receive an email notification with a link to the new publication.


  • What is the fax number of MWCIA?

    FAQ

    (952) 897-6495


  • If I own and operate a small business (2 employees) in MN, do I need to cover myself (the owner) to be in compliance with the law?

    FAQ

    Refer to MN statue 176.041, Excluded Employments; Application, Exceptions, Election of Coverage, Subd 1.For further clarification or interpretation, please contact the MN Department of Labor and Industry (651) 284-5005 or (800) 342-5354.


  • How do I obtain a Certificate of Insurance?

    FAQ

    A Certificate of Insurance can be obtained from the insurance company/carrier, upon request.


  • What is the nine point test for an independent contractor?

    FAQ

    Under the law, independent contractor status will be conferred if the individual meets all nine of the following conditions. If any one of the conditions is not met, the individual will be an employee for purposes of workers' compensation requirements. The individual is considered an independent contractor if the individual:

    1. maintains a separate business with the independent contractor's own office, equipment, materials and other facilities
    2. holds or has applied for a federal employer identification number, or has filed business or self-employment income tax returns with the IRS based on that work in the previous year;
    3. operates under contracts to perform specific services or work for specific amounts of money and under which the independent contractor controls the means of performing the services or work;
    4. incurs the main expenses related to the service or work that the independent contractor performs under contract;
    5. is responsible for the satisfactory completion of work or services that the independent contractor contracts to perform and is liable for a failure to complete the work or service;
    6. receives compensation for work or service performed under a contract on a commission or per job or competitive bid basis and not on any other basis;
    7. may realize a profit or suffer a loss under contracts to perform work or service;
    8. has continuing or recurring business liabilities or obligations; and
    9. the success or failure of the independent contractor's business depends on the relationship of business receipts to expenditures.

    Contact the Department of Labor and Industry at (651) 284-5019 or 1-800-342-5354 for more information. http://www.dli.mn.gov/CCLD/Register_nine_factors.asp


  • What are the 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 minimum and maximum payroll figures for sole proprietors, partners and officers electing coverage?

    FAQ

    • 2015--$49,972 minimum and $199,888 maximum
    • 2016--$51,428 minimum and $205,712 maximum
    • 2017--$53,352 minimum and $213,408 maximum
    • 2018--$54,132 minimum and $216,528 maximum
    • (Effective January 1st for Voluntary Market)
    • (Effective April 1st for Assigned Risk)
    • 2019--Effective 1/1/19
    • 2019--$56,004 minimum and $224,016 maximum


  • How do I obtain Loss Runs?

    FAQ

    Loss Runs can be obtained from the insurance company, upon request.


  • How do I obtain a Federal Employer ID (FEIN) #?

    FAQ

    Federal Employer ID (FEIN) #'s may be obtained by contacting the IRS at 800-829-3676 or by visiting the Internal Revenue website: www.irs.gov


  • Who do I speak with about changing an employer address?

    FAQ

    Any change of address should be reported to your insurance agent and company. The insurance company will, in turn, notify MWCIA.


  • What are the 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 minimum payroll figures for the spouse, parent or child of a sole proprietor, partner, or officer electing coverage? What are the maximum payroll figures for these individuals?

    FAQ

    • 2015-$288 per week or $14,976 annually
    • 2016-$297 per week or $15,444 annually
    • 2017-$308 per week or $16,016 annually
    • 2018-$312 per week or $16,224 annually
    • Payroll of these family members is not subject to a maximum amount.
    • (Effective January 1st for Voluntary Market)
    • (Effective April 1st for Assigned Risk)
    • 2019-Effective 1/1/19
    • 2019-$16,796 minimum


  • What is the difference between a "Combo ID" and "Coverage ID"?

    FAQ

    Click here for information.


  • What are the State Per Claim Accident Limitation amounts for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 experience modifications?

    FAQ

    • 2015--$213,500
    • 2016--$216,000
    • 2017--$220,500
    • 2018--$221,500


  • What are the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, statewide average weekly wages (effective October 1, of each year)?

    FAQ

    • 10/1/14-10/1/15 = $961
    • 10/1/15-10/1/16 = $989
    • 10/1/16-10/1/17 = $1,026
    • 10/1/17-10/1/18 = $1,041


  • Where can I find an overview of the current state of Minnesota's workers compensation market?

    FAQ

    Charts that summarize the state of Minnesota's workers compensation market are located here.


  • What browsers are recommended when visiting the MWCIA website?

    FAQ

    We recommend:

    • Internet Explorer 11 or higher
    • Firefox 4.0 or higher
    • Safari (any reasonably recent release)
    • Chrome (any reasonably recent release)


  • Where can I obtain information on Construction Contractor Registration?

    FAQ

    Click Here to be redirected to the MN Department of Labor and Industry