What to Know
You are required to carry workers' compensation insurance in Maine if:
- You have one or more employee working in Maine.
- You’re going to work for someone else. Unless you’re an employee, you won’t be covered by their insurance policy and may need to provide proof of work comp. Whether you’re an independent contractor or an employee may vary from job to job. Are you an employee or an independent contractor? 10 ways to tell >>
Other regulations that may affect you:
- Workers' compensation insurance covers wage replacement and medical bills for employees injured on the job. To protect against other injuries at your place of business, you may need general liability insurance. Learn more about general liability >>
Where to Get It
- Maine has a private market, meaning that you can purchase workers' compensation insurance from any private insurance carrier or agency that is licensed to write in that state. WorkCompOne can write workers' compensation policies in any U.S. state except those that practice state-run workers' compensation (Ohio, Washington, North Dakota and Wyoming). Get started on a policy with WorkCompOne >>
- Maine has a state fund that competes with the private market. You can contact the Maine Employers Mutual Insurance Company if you are unable to secure coverage from a private insurance carrier. State funds accept higher-risk businesses, but their rates are often higher.
- If you’re still having trouble finding coverage, you can contact your state’s assigned risk pool, which will place you with a carrier.
Factors That Impact Coverage
- You are a sole proprietor or partner: In Maine, you are excluded from coverage but have the option to include yourself.
- You are a corporate officer: You are included in coverage, you but have the option to exclude yourself if you own 20% or more of the outstanding voting stock.
- You are a member of an LLC: Maine excludes you from coverage, but you have the option to include yourself.
Maine Key Resources
If you employ workers in multiple states or your employees are temporarily working out-of-state, you need to purchase insurance for all the states where your workers are located, according to each state’s laws.
The nature of your business, number of employees being covered and past coverage and claims are all factors in how much your premium will cost. Learn more about workers' comp insurance rates >>