Coverage and Compliance
The Compliance Section monitors and assists employers to ensure that employers fulfill two requirements under the Workers
Compensation Act - the requirement to secure workers compensation benefits for employees, and the requirement to file written
reports of alleged work accidents. Failure to secure workers compensation benefits, and failure to report accidents, can result
in monetary penalties against the employer. Failure to secure workers compensation benefits can also result in closure of the
Generally, an employer in a non-agricultural business, with more than $20,000 in non-family payroll, must secure workers compensation
benefits for its employees. An employer can secure workers compensation benefits in one of three ways:
- By purchasing a workers compensation insurance policy
- By joining a group-funded workers compensation pool
- By qualifying as a self-insurer.
For information on self-insurance, contact the Business and Accounting Section
at (800) 332-0353 or (785) 296-4000.
All employers are required to report any accident, alleged to have occurred in the course of employment, that wholly or partially
incapacitates the worker from labor or service for more than the day, shift, or turn on which the alleged accident occurred. Such
accident report must be filed with the Division of Workers Compensation within 28 days after the employer receives knowledge of
The accident report must be made on the division's K-WC 1101 A accident report form. To download the K-WC 1101 A, Interactive
or PDF versions, go to Accident Reports, Benefits, and Claims Records on
the Forms and Publications page.