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District of Columbia Workers Compensation Laws

Workers compensation law, rules and policy information for the District of Columbia

State:  District of Columbia

Updated:  01-10-2017

Authority/State Rating Bureau:  NCCI

National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI)
901 Peninsula Corporate Circle
Boca Raton, FL 33487-1362
800-622-4123


Compulsory:  Yes

Private Insurance:  Allowed

Self-Insurance:  Allowed

State Fund:  There is no district fund

Assigned Risk:  National Workers compensation Reinsurance Plan, administered by NCCI.



Numerical Exceptions:  No exemptions

Individual Waivers Allowed:  None permitted

Small Deductible Program:  No

Sole Proprietor:  Excluded from coverage/may elect to be included by endorsement. If included a sole proprietors payroll for workers compensation purposes will be set at an annual limit of $70,100 as of 11-1-2011, $73,600 as of 11-1-2012, $73,600 as of 11-1-2013, $75,000 as of 11-1-2014, $76,100 as of 11-1-2015. $76,200 as of 11-1-2016.

Partners:  Excluded from coverage/may elect to be included. If included in coverage the partners payroll will be set at a flat annual amount of $70,100 as of 11-1-2011, $73,600 as of 11-1-2012, $73,600 as of 11-1-2013, $75,000 as of 11-1-2014, $76,100 as of 11-1-2015. $76,200 as of 11-1-2016.

Corporate Officers:  Corporate officers who receive pay are covered. If included the minimum rating payroll used is $1,300 per week and the maximum payroll is $5,400 per week as of 11-1-2011, $1,400/$5,700 as of 11-1-2012, $1,400/$5,700 as of 11-1-2013, $1,450/$5,800 as of 11-1-2014, $1,450/$5,900 as of 11-1-2015. $1,450/$5,900 as of 11-1-2016.

LLC Members:  The District of Columbia is silent on the treatment of LLC Members. Check with the governing authority for DC on this issue.

A Note About Forms:  Be sure to check with your insurance company for any additional forms they may use for exclusion or inclusion of coverage.



Contractors:  NA

Special Notes:  The District of Columbia Workers’ Compensation Act is administered by the District's Department of Employment Services.

Experience Rating Eligibility:  Employers in District of Columbia will receive an experience modification rate or EMR when they meet one of these triggers:
  • $7,000 in policy premium is generated during the last year or last two years.
  • $3,500 is the average policy premium generated for more than two years.


Workers Compensation Subrogation:  District of Columbia subrogation is detailed in Statute 32-1535. It's sometimes difficult to find these codes but they are available online. You can view this code by using the link we've provided below. Click the link then scroll down to Title 32, Labor; then down to chapter 15, workers compensation; then look down for 32-1535, compesation for injuries when third persons are liable.

Subrogation Code for the District of Columbia





Regulated By: 

District of Columbia Department of Employment Services
Labor Standards Bureau
Office of Workers' Compensation
64 New York Avenue, NE, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-671-1000
Fax: 202-541-3595
Department of Employment Services

Workers Compensation Statute: Follow the below link then go to the "Labor" section then choose "workers Compensation"  

District of Columbia Workers Compensation Statutes

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Information on this page is provided only as a reference. While we strive to mantain accurate information on this site please realize workers compensation laws are complicated and subject to change at any time. No warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of this information is provided or to be implied. You must verify this data before use with the individual governing authority for this state. If you need help with a workers compensation problem or have a specific situation or question please contact our office. Otherwise please consult your states governing authority or an attorney in your state of residency for assistance.





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