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The DIA has announced the assessment rates effective July 1, 2015.  Refer to Circular Letter #2261 dated July 2, 2015 for details.


Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015

The National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc.’s (NCCI) Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act Disclosure Endorsement (WC 00 04 22 B) has been approved for use by Massachusetts workers’ compensation insurers effective January 1, 2015.  Refer to Circular Letter #2252.

The Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act Disclosure Endorsement (WC 00 04 22 B) is mandatory for all policies effective on or after January 1, 2015 and is available on NCCI’s website under Industry Information/Terrorism Risk Insurance/Resources.


Enhancements to OAR User Accounts

Effective December 30, 2014 the functionality for OAR user accounts was updated and enhanced. Producers and employers can now create and manage their own accounts without the assistance of a WCRIBMA Administrator. For details of the changes, refer to Updates to OAR’s Administrative Functionality.

Please refer to the following Guide and Procedures provided to assist users in navigating through OAR and processing assigned risk applications through OAR.


Processing Fee for Hard Copy AR Application Submissions

Any producer submitting a MA WC Assigned Risk Pool application using the hard copy (mail, walk-in, or third party delivery) application process will be subject to a $10 processing fee per application. The $10 service fee should not be submitted with the application; rather the producer group will be billed for these fees on a quarterly basis.

There is no processing fee for applications submitted through OAR our online assigned risk application.


Audit Guidelines for Sole Proprietor and Partnership Certificates of Insurance

Refer to Circular Letter #2199 issued July 3, 2012.


Massachusetts Independent Contractor / Misclassification Law

The Attorney General's Office has released an Advisory on the Massachusetts Independent Contractor/Misclassification Law (M.G.L. c. 149, s. 148B). The Commonwealth’s Independent Contractor Law was designed to protect workers and ensure a level playing field among employers. The Advisory articulates the purposes of the law and provides guidance on the three prong test and other areas of the Law. In addition, the Advisory includes Enforcement Guidelines describing the areas of concern and factors which may be used by the Attorney General's Office in making a determination about enforcement.
Advisory on the Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law issued May 1, 2008
2004 Advisory from the Attorney General


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