Like exams, treatment and rehabilitation.
For employee recovery after a work injury.
To teach injured employees new skills if they can no longer do their jobs.
Benefits for employees who can no longer work due to injury.
All private and public employers in Maine must have workers’ compensation insurance. In addition, the Bureau of Insurance for the State of Maine mandates some businesses to carry this type of insurance coverage, including:
Workers’ comp is designed to provide benefits for work-related injuries and diseases. This includes payment for medical expenses and lost wages.
There are a number of benefits covered by insurance for workers’ compensation. Maine employees who suffer from work-related injuries or illnesses are eligible to receive payment for the following:
The following income benefits are included in Maine workers’ compensation insurance:
Partial benefits: The employee can return to work but is unable to earn as much as they did prior to their injury.
Partial incapacity: The employee is able to work, but still has some restrictions on what they are able to do due to their injury.
Total incapacity: The employee is unable to work at all due to their injury.
Maine also requires that death benefits be paid to the deceased employee’s dependents when the death results from a work-related injury or illness. Burial expenses up to $4,000 are covered as well.
Maine employers must report an employee illness or injury within seven days, and they must create a written report to submit to their insurance carrier. A copy of the report must also be given to the employee.
Employers are also required to inform employees of their rights to workers’ compensation. This includes displaying a poster in a conspicuous and accessible location in the workplace.
The poster lists instructions for what to do if an injury occurs along with contact information for the Maine Workers’ Compensation Board.
Reciprocal agreements with certain states are permitted when Maine employees work out of state. Employers from other states with employees working in Maine temporarily are not required to fulfill the workers comp insurance requirement as long as their work does not exceed:
Workers’ compensation costs vary across industries. Factors that influence price include:
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Employers who are required to have workers’ compensation insurance in Maine but fail to secure coverage may be guilty of a Class D crime. In addition, they could be subject to civil penalties of up to $10,000 or equal to 108% of the premiums that should have been paid during the period that they failed to secure coverage (whichever is larger).
Corporate charters and business licenses may be revoked, and the employer will still be responsible for payments required due to a workers’ comp claim.
In Maine, workers’ compensation is not required by the state for the following types of businesses:
If you’re a business owner in Maine, workers’ comp requirements don’t apply to you if:
Some business owners and executive officers may be exempt from the requirement, but they must officially waive their coverage by opting out and submitting a form to the Maine Workers’ Compensation Board.
You may be eligible for a waiver approval if:
In these cases, it’s only the approved individuals who are exempt from the workers’ compensation coverage requirement. All other employees of the business must still be covered.
According to state of Maine workers’ compensation laws, employers who qualify may self-insure for workers’ compensation instead of obtaining a policy from a licensed insurance carrier.
Self-insurance requires the employer to be responsible for all workers’ comp benefits for as long as an employee requires medical treatment or is unable to work.
Maine offers the following options for self-insurance:
Corporate self-insurance: Large businesses may apply to the Maine Bureau of Insurance to request approval to individually self-insure. The employer’s application must demonstrate that they are financially sound, and approved businesses must post security to cover workers’ comp payments and administrative expenses.
Group self-insurance: Smaller businesses may band together to form a self-insurance group. Premiums are required and members are responsible for the claims of all member employers.
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General liability insurance protects your business from common mistakes or accidents, such as customer injury or damages to someone’s property.
In Maine, all business-owned vehicles must be covered by commercial auto insurance. If you drive or use your personal vehicle for work, commercial auto insurance helps protect your business from accidents.
Commercial property insurance can provide financial help if your business structures, goods, gear or inventory are damaged or destroyed by a covered event.
Learn more about workers’ compensation insurance options in the state where you work.
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