Colorado employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance if they have one or more employees. This applies to all employers, regardless of whether the employees are part-time, full-time, or family members. Anyone who gets paid for the work they perform is presumed to be an employee.
Protect your business and employees by getting a workers’ compensation insurance policy. You can get coverage from a commercial insurance carrier or, for companies that qualify, by applying to become self-insured. Find a workers’ compensation carrier here.
For information about self-insurance, or for self-insured employers who need to file their annual permit renewal, click here.
There are exemptions to carrying workers’ compensation insurance. The most common exemption is independent contractors; however, there are specific requirements for contractors.
You must notify the insurance carrier of an injury within 10 days, no matter how minor the injury. This is done by filing an Employer's First Report of Injury form (WC 1). Filing this form is not necessarily an admission of the facts, it is a statement that the employee is making a claim.
If you have an accident where an employee dies, or where three or more employees are injured, you must contact your insurance company immediately.
In non-emergency situations or when emergency care is no longer required, you must provide the injured worker with a designated provider list.
A designated provider list must:
- be provided immediately upon notice of the injury;
- be provided as a written copy to the injured worker within seven business days of the report of the injury;
- have four physicians and/or corporate medical providers within a 30-mile radius that are willing to treat the injured worker; and
- Exceptions can apply to rural areas, and telemedicine is permissible.
- include complete contact information for the insurance carrier/self-insured employer.
If no physician is properly designated, the employee may select the health care provider of their choice.
If you have a safety program in place or develop one for your business, you could qualify for a discount of up to 10% off your workers’ compensation insurance premium through the Premium Cost Containment program.
- The Workers’ Compensation Act poster must be displayed on the workplace premises.
- The Notice to Employer of Injury Poster must be displayed on the workplace premises and must be a minimum of 14 inches high and 11 inches wide. Each letter must measure 1/2" high.