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State Worker Compensation Agencies

American Association of State Compensation Insurance Funds (AASCIF)

AASCIF is an association of workers’ compensation insurance companies from 26 different states, plus 8 workers’ compensation boards in Canada. In the US, these companies–loosely referred to as state funds–each specialize in writing workers’ compensation insurance in a single state. Some of these companies operate as private insurance companies, whereas others act as agencies of their respective state governments. In Canada, all workers’ compensation insurance is provided through workers’ compensation boards, which have complete jurisdictional and administrative powers related to workers’ compensation in their respective provinces.

Association for Cooperative Operations Research and Development (ACORD)

ACORD is a global, nonprofit organization serving the insurance and related industries. ACORD facilitates the development of open consensus data standards and standard forms, and works with its members and partner organizations to drive implementation of those standards.

California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI)

CWCI is now in its 49th year of operations. Because of its research capabilities, its reputation, and its broad-based industry perspective, CWCI is uniquely positioned to provide data, analyses and practical expertise on issues and trends affecting California workers’ compensation.

Institute for Work & Health (IWH)

IWH is an independent, not-for-profit organization. Our mission is to conduct and share research that protects and improves the health of working people and is valued by policy-makers, workers and workplaces, clinicians, and health & safety professionals.

International Association of Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC)

IAIABC is a not-for-profit trade association representing government agencies charged with the administration of workers’ compensation systems throughout the United States, Canada, and other nations and territories.

John Burton’s Workers’ Compensation Resources

We offer access to data, research, and other information pertaining to workers’ compensation in the United States and other countries when possible.

Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety

Since 1954, the Liberty Mutual Research Institute has been a proud contributor to the field of occupational safety and health. The Institute aims to determine the causes of accidents and injuries, identify appropriate interventions, reduce the incidence of occupational injuries, and minimize work-related disabilities.

National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI)

NASI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization made up of the nation’s leading experts on social insurance. Its mission is to advance solutions to challenges facing the nation by increasing public understanding of how social insurance contributes to economic security. ” Although much broader in interests, NASI produces an annual report on workers’ compensation programs in the U.S.

National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC)

NAIC is the U.S. standard-setting and regulatory support organization created and governed by the chief insurance regulators from the 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. Through the NAIC, state insurance regulators establish standards and best practices, conduct peer review, and coordinate their regulatory oversight. NAIC staff supports these efforts and represents the collective views of state regulators domestically and internationally. NAIC members, together with the central resources of the NAIC, form the national system of state-based insurance regulation in the U.S.

National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL)

NCOIL is the voice of state legislators in Washington in the face of mounting federal initiatives to preempt state insurance regulation. Find out more about NCOIL here. The purpose of NCOIL is to help legislators make informed decisions on insurance issues that affect their constituents and to declare opposition to federal encroachment of state authority to oversee the business of insurance, as authorized under the McCarran-Ferguson Act of 1945.

National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI)

NCCI gathers data, analyzes industry trends, and prepares objective insurance rate and loss cost recommendations. These activities, together with our research, analytical services and tools, and overall commitment to excellence help foster a healthy workers compensation system.

NIOSH Healthy Work Design and Well-Being Program

The NIOSH Healthy Work Design and Well-Being Program is organized to advance occupational safety and health through the following key objectives:

  1. Fully describe the burden of worker injury and illness and evaluate the interventions that identify best practices in economic terms. This objective aims to better define the true societal burden as originally outlined in Section (2)(a) of the Act, as well as to stimulate employers and employees to adopt interventions to improve safety and health, as outlined in Section (2)(b) of the Act;
  2. Determine the factors which influence or affect the provision of occupational safety and health services, training in prevention, and the use of protective equipment or control technologies and to identify the actions that can leverage the biggest improvement for the least cost;
  3. Enhance the ability of economists and occupational safety and health practitioners to make full use of economic information to inform their decision-making;
  4. Promote partnerships to encourage application of economic principles to drive improved occupational safety and health; and
  5. Conduct analyses that compare regulatory and non-regulatory options to accomplish the mission of the Institute and provide assistance to NIOSH’s statutory partners under the Act and the Mine Safety and Health Act of 1969 as amended in 1977.

The NIOSH-supported projects and publications that address these objectives are described on the Healthy Work Design and Well-Being Program’s Strategic Goals webpages.

NIOSH Worker Health Charts

The NIOSH Surveillance Program has developed this website to organize available surveillance data and information by NORA Industry Sector and NIOSH Program Cross-sector. The site serves to support three of the NIOSH Surveillance strategic goals:

  1. Enhance the use of surveillance information at the Federal level for the prevention of occupational injuries, illnesses, and hazards.
  2. Enhance the use of State-level public health surveillance information at both the State and national levels for prevention of occupational illnesses, injuries, and hazards.
  3. Develop and strengthen the use of surveillance data to identify priorities, trends, and emerging issues within the NORA Sectors.

NIOSH State Surveillance Program

Work-related injuries and illnesses can be prevented, and successful approaches to making workplaces safer and healthier begin with having the data necessary to understand the problem. As part of its mission to prevent injuries, illness, and caused by hazards in the workplace, the NIOSH has established surveillance programs intended to assess the extent and severity (i.e., burden) of workplace injury and illness, to identify workers and occupations at greatest risk, to develop research and prevention priorities, and to measure the effectiveness of prevention activities. States have a central role in public health surveillance because they are uniquely positioned to utilize state-specific data sources and/or agreements for occupational health (OH) surveillance, and integrate surveillance with intervention and prevention activities as well as program evaluation.

NIOSH State-based Occupational Health Surveillance Clearinghouse

This clearinghouse developed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) provides access to State-based occupational health surveillance and related reports.

Since 1980, NIOSH has maintained programs to support State-based occupational health surveillance. The intended benefit of supporting State-based surveillance programs is to increase the level of prevention activity in the states. This outcome has as a prerequisite the collection of data to estimate the magnitude and trend of the selected occupational conditions. Although significant accomplishments have been made in occupational health and safety surveillance in the U.S., there are still data gaps.

North Carolina Industrial Commission

The NC Industrial Commission provides a list of state WC agency officials.

Oregon Department of Consumer Business Services

Oregon provides a yearly ” Workers’ compensation premium rate ranking report“, that compares rates across US states.

Upjohn Institute

The W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, independent research organization devoted to investigating the causes and effects of unemployment, to identifying feasible methods of insuring against unemployment, and to devising ways and means of alleviating the distress and hardship caused by unemployment. The Institute is an activity of the W.E. Upjohn Unemployment Trustee Corporation, which was established in 1932 to administer a fund set aside by Dr. W.E. Upjohn, founder of the Upjohn Company.

US Chamber of Commerce

The US Chamber of Commerce provides a yearly “Analysis of Workers’ Compensation Laws”, a comprehensive, annual publication detailing state and provincial laws and indemnity benefits. The Analysis tracks the laws in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, and federal, provincial, and territorial laws of Canada.

US Department of Labor

US DOL provides links to state WC agency web sites.

Workers Compensation Insurance Organizations (WCIO)

The WCIO is a voluntary association of statutorily authorized or licensed rating, advisory, or data service organizations that collect workers compensation insurance information in one or more states. The WCIO is composed of the managers of the various boards and jurisdictions. The purpose of the WCIO is to provide a forum for the exchange of information about workers compensation insurance. The WCIO has developed standards for the electronic transmission of information between insurers and rating/advisory organizations. These specifications are available for policy information, unit statistical reporting, experience modifications, detailed claim information, and individual case reports.

Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI)

WCRI is an independent, not-for-profit research organization providing high-quality, objective information about public policy issues involving workers’ compensation systems.

Workers’ Comp Hub

Workers’ Comp Hub is a joint project of the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI) and National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH). Workers’ Comp Hub provides:

  • Basic information for injured/ill workers in all 50 states that might help them navigate the complex comp system.
  • Resources and advocacy tools that review the problems of the workers’ comp system, propose progressive reforms and present pathways for pro-worker advocacy and action.
  • A platform for sharing pro-worker ideas on possible solutions and strategies and promoting actions and events.

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)

WSIB is legislated by the Ontario government and is responsible for administering the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA). WSIB is funded by the employers of Ontario. Employers pay premiums for no-fault collective liability workplace insurance. Under this system, workers give up the right to sue as a result of their work-related injuries, in return for guaranteed compensation and benefits for accepted claims. In turn, employers are protected from lawsuits. WSIB is governed by a Board of Directors made up of representatives of workers, employers and others.