79.252 ASSIGNED RISK PLAN.
Subdivision 1. Purpose.
The purpose of the assigned risk plan is to provide workers'
compensation coverage to employers rejected by a licensed insurance company pursuant to
Subd. 2. Rejected risks.
An insurer that refuses to write insurance for an employer shall
furnish the employer a written notice of refusal. The employer shall file a copy of the notice of
refusal with the data service organization under contract with the commissioner pursuant to
79.251, subdivision 4
Subd. 2a. Minimum qualifications.
Any employer that (1) is required to carry workers'
compensation insurance pursuant to chapter 176 and (2) has a current written notice of refusal to
insure pursuant to subdivision 2, is entitled to coverage upon making written application to the
assigned risk plan, and paying the applicable premium.
Subd. 3. Coverage.
(a) Policies and contracts of coverage issued pursuant to section
, shall contain the usual and customary provisions of workers' compensation
insurance policies, and shall be deemed to meet the mandatory workers' compensation insurance
requirements of section
176.181, subdivision 2
(b) Policies issued by the assigned risk plan pursuant to this chapter may also provide
workers' compensation coverage required under the laws of states other than Minnesota, including
coverages commonly known as "all states coverage." The commissioner may apply for and obtain
any licensure required in any other state to issue that coverage.
Subd. 3a. Disqualifying factors.
An employer may be denied or terminated from coverage
through the assigned risk plan if the employer:
(1) applies for coverage for only a portion of the employer's statutory liability under chapter
176, excluding wrap-up policies;
(2) has an outstanding debt due and owing to the assigned risk plan at the time of renewal
arising from a prior policy;
(3) persistently refuses to permit completion of an adequate payroll audit;
(4) repeatedly submits misleading or erroneous payroll information; or
(5) flagrantly disregards safety or loss control recommendations. Cancellation for
nonpayment of premium may be initiated by the service contractor upon 60 days' written notice to
the employer pursuant to section
, subdivision 1.
Subd. 3b. Occupational disease exposure.
An employer having a significant occupational
disease exposure, as determined by the commissioner, to be entitled to coverage shall have
physical examinations made:
(1) of employees who have not been examined within one year of the date of application
(2) of new employees before hiring; and
(3) of terminated employees. Upon request, the findings and reports of doctors making
examinations, together with x-rays and other original exhibits, must be furnished to the assigned
risk plan or the Department of Labor and Industry.
Subd. 4. Responsibilities.
Assigned risk policies and contracts of coverage are subject
to taxation under chapter 297I, and special compensation fund assessments under Minnesota
Statutes 1990, section
176.131, subdivision 10
. The assigned risk plan shall be a member of the
reinsurance association for the purposes of sections
and may select either retention
limit provided in section
79.34, subdivision 2
Subd. 5. Rules.
The commissioner may adopt rules as may be necessary to implement
and this section.
History: 1983 c 290 s 6; 1984 c 640 s 32; 1Sp1985 c 10 s 72; 1992 c 510 art 3 s 6,7; 1993
c 13 art 2 s 1; 1993 c 299 s 31; 1995 c 233 art 2 s 56; 2000 c 394 art 2 s 20; 2002 c 387 s 6;
2006 c 255 s 66-68