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Disability Benefits Coverage Requirements

Please note: New York State statutory disability benefits (DB) insurance coverage is totally different from and is not included in New York State workers' compensation insurance coverage. Statutory New York State disability benefits insurance covers employees for an off-the-job accident, injury or illness and pays half an employee's weekly wage, up to $170 per week, for up to 26 weeks.

An out-of-state employer needs a New York State disability benefits insurance policy if the employer employs one or more individuals on each of at least 30 days in a calendar year in New York State.

Disability Benefits Restriction on Issuance of Government Issued Permits, Licenses and Contracts

To assist state and municipal entities in enforcing Sec. 220 Subd. 8 of the New York State Disability Benefits Law, out-of-state businesses requesting permits, licenses or seeking to enter into contracts must provide one of the following forms to the government entity issuing the permit, license or entering into a contract:

To be eligible for a disability benefits exemption using Form CE-200, an out-of-state employer must not have one or more individuals working on each of at least 30 days in a calendar year in New York. (Independent contractors are not considered to be employees under the Disability Benefits Law.)

NYS Workers' Compensation Requirements for Out-of-State Companies Working in New York State

Effective September 9, 2007, all out-of-state employers with employees or subcontractors working in New York State are required to carry a full, statutory New York State workers' compensation insurance policy.

An employer has a full, statutory New York State workers' compensation insurance policy when New York is listed in Item "3A" on the Information Page of the employer's workers' compensation insurance policy. Please contact the Board's Bureau of Compliance at 1-866-298-7830 if you have any questions regarding these requirements.

Workers' Compensation Restriction on Issuance of Government Issued Permits, Licenses and Contracts

To assist state and municipal entities in enforcing WCL §57, businesses requesting permits, licenses or seeking to enter into contracts must provide ONE of the following forms to the entity issuing the permit or entering into a contract:

Please note: Form CE-200 may be filed by out-of-state employers for a NYS workers' compensation exemption only if all work for the permit, license or contract is done outside of New York and no employees of the out-of-state business work in the state.

It may be appropriate to contact your insurance broker, carrier or agent, check with your trade association, or conduct other additional research to find the most appropriate insurance coverage for your company. In addition, a workers’ compensation policy may be obtained from the New York State Insurance Fund Link to External Website by calling 1-888-875-5790 and a disability benefits insurance policy be obtained from the New York State Insurance Fund Link to External Website by calling 1-866-697-4332.

Obtaining Workers' Compensation and Disability Benefits Insurance

It may be appropriate to check the yellow pages, contact your insurance broker, carrier or agent, check with your trade association, or conduct additional research to find the most appropriate insurance coverage for your company. In addition, a workers' compensation policy may be obtained from the NYS Insurance Fund by calling 1-888-875-5790 and a disability benefits insurance policy may be obtained from the NYS Insurance Fund by calling 1-866-697-4332.

If you have any additional questions regarding workers' compensation coverage requirements, please call the Bureau of Compliance at (866) 298-7830