TITLE 28
Labor and Labor Relations

CHAPTER 28-37
Workers' Compensation Administrative Fund

SECTION 28-37-13


§ 28-37-13 Payments into fund by insurers and employers.

(a) For the privilege of writing or renewing workers' compensation insurance or employer's liability insurance in this state, every mutual association or stock company so authorized, to be referred to as "insurers", and for the privilege of being authorized, to make payments of workers' compensation directly to its employees, and every employer so authorized, to be referred to as "certified employers", shall annually make the following payments to the workers' compensation administrative fund:

(1) In the case of an insurer, an amount measured by the percentage of return as certified by the director pursuant to subsection (c) of this section of the gross premiums received for workers' compensation insurance or employer's liability insurance written or renewed by it during the preceding calendar year on risks within this state, but not less than one hundred dollars ($100); and

(2) In the case of a certified employer, an amount measured by the percentage of return as certified by the director pursuant to subsection (c) of this section of the premium which the employer would have had to pay to obtain workers' compensation insurance or employer's liability insurance for the preceding calendar year, but not less than one hundred dollars ($100), which amount shall be determined by the director.

(b) Every certified employer and every insurer shall also pay into the workers' compensation administrative fund the sum of seven thousand five hundred dollars ($7,500) for every case of injury causing death in which there is no person entitled to compensation.

(c) The director is obligated to determine on or before July 15 of each year, after taking into account projected expenditures for the current fiscal year and for the next fiscal year, what percentage of return, referred to as the "assessment", is needed to provide sufficient funds, in conjunction with appropriations from the general fund, if any, to fulfill the purposes enumerated in § 28-37-1(b) and shall certify this assessment to the governor and the general assembly. This assessment may be separately determined for insurers and for certified employers. The payments, due within sixty (60) days of notice each year pursuant to § 28-37-15 and 28-37-16, shall be made based upon the certified assessment.

(d)(1) In recognition of the continued utilization of the workers' compensation system by insurers who have discontinued writing workers' compensation policies in the state, if any insurer company, deemed by the director of the department of business regulation to have been licensed on January 1, 1991 to write workers' compensation policies, discontinues the issuance of workers' compensation policies, such insurer shall be and remain obligated to pay the workers' compensation administrative fund assessment for a period of six (6) years subsequent to its discontinuation of the issuance of such policies.

(2) In calculating the amount due by these insurance companies on the due date, as defined in subsection (c) of this section, of the year after which it discontinues writing policies in this state (the base year) the director of labor and training will calculate an amount equal to the assessment in effect on the last date the insurer issued workers' compensation policies multiplied by the gross premiums received for workers' compensation insurance or employers' liability insurance written or renewed by it during the base year on risks within this state, but not less than one hundred dollars ($100) each year.

(3) The basis for the calculation of the assessment in each succeeding year shall be a reduction of the base year assessment by increments of sixteen and two-thirds percent (16 2/3%) per each succeeding year.

(e) All penalties collected for any violation under chapters 29 – 38 of this title shall be paid into this fund.

(f) Any employer, insurer, self-insurer, or group self-insurer who has not paid assessments or who is not current with payment of assessments into this fund shall not be permitted to place a claim against the fund. Reimbursement to any employer, insurer, self-insurer, or group self-insurer who is not current with payment of assessments into this fund shall be suspended immediately as of the first date of arrearage.

(g) To be eligible to use any of the services funded by the workers' compensation administrative fund an employer, insurer, self-insurer, or group self-insurer shall pay a fee of one thousand dollars ($1,000) per claim, per month into the fund until the arrearage is paid in full in addition to any other interests or penalties.

History of Section.
(G.L. 1938, ch. 300, art. 2-A, § 9; P.L. 1943, ch. 1363, § 1; P.L. 1954, ch. 3297, § 1; G.L. 1956, § 38-37-13; P.L. 1965, ch. 149, § 1; P.L. 1966, ch. 162, § 1; P.L. 1967, ch. 70, § 1; P.L. 1974, ch. 269, § 1; P.L. 1982, ch. 32, art. 1, § 4; P.L. 1984, ch. 245, art. 18, § 1; P.L. 1985, ch. 365, § 10; P.L. 1988, ch. 80, § 1; P.L. 1988, ch. 228, § 1; P.L. 1988, ch. 229, § 3; P.L. 1990, ch. 279, 2; P.L. 1990, ch. 332, art. 3, § 2; P.L. 1990, ch. 485, § 1; P.L. 1991, ch. 206, § 7; P.L. 1992, ch. 133, art. 54, § 1; P.L. 1992, ch. 133, art. 56, § 1; P.L. 1993, ch. 474, § 4; P.L. 1994, ch. 101, § 7; P.L. 1994, ch. 401, § 8; P.L. 1999, ch. 31, art. 8, § 5; P.L. 1999, ch. 216, § 8; P.L. 1999, ch. 384, § 8; P.L. 2005, ch. 342, § 4; P.L. 2005, ch. 403, § 4.)