All employers in Massachusetts are required to carry workers' compensation insurance covering their employees, including themselves if they are an employee of their company. This requirement applies regardless of the number of hours worked in any given week, except that domestic service employees must work a minimum of 16 hours per week in order to require coverage.
Employers are required to notify their employees of the name of the workers' compensation insurance carrier. A Poster - Notice To Employees must be posted in a common area of the work place in English and other appropriate languages. The poster can be obtained by calling the Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA), downloading it from our website, or from your insurance company. Failure to post this information may subject the employer to a fine of $100.
Members of a Limited Liability Company (LLC), partners of a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP), and partnerships or sole proprietors of an unincorporated business are not required to carry workers' compensation insurance for themselves. However, under a change to the law in 2002, such members, partners and sole proprietors may now choose to purchase workers' compensation insurance coverage for themselves. To obtain coverage, the member or partner should contact an insurance broker and state that they wish to obtain a policy. Please be advised that optional coverage applies ONLY to such members, partners or sole proprietors. Any employee of such an entity, who is not a member or partner in the business, MUST be covered by workers' compensation insurance.