Workers' Compensation Boards and Related Agencies
Links to the official Web sites of Federal and state workers' compensation boards, bureaus, commissions, courts, offices or similarly-named, related agencies are listed below. As indicated, workers' compensation boards go by various names. The most common are listed below.
- Workers' Compensation Board
- Workers' Compensation Bureau
- workers' Compensation Commission
- Workers' Compensation Office
Facts about Workers' Compensation Boards
Each workers' compensation board is a government agency that administers worker's compensation benefits.
Some states have workers' compensation courts, which are dedicated to enforcing worker's compensation laws and regulations, and conducting appeals hearings.
In other states, workers' compensation boards, commissions or administrative law judges are typically responsible for same.
Workers' compensation boards are typically divisions of labor departments or other employment-related agencies.
For example, what some might call the California Workers' Compensation Board is a division of the Department of Industrial Relations, which is the state labor department. Consequently, the California workers' compensation board is officially named the California Division of Workers' Compensation.
Employers! Looking for information about complying with workers' compensation laws and regulations? See the information provided by the U.S. Department of Labor for Federal programs. Click the appropriate state workers' compensation links below for information about state programs.
Federal Workers' Compensation Board
The Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP), a division of the U.S. Department of Labor, is the so-called Federal workers' compensation board. It administers workers' compensation benefits for energy, longshore, harbor, coal mine and Federal Government workers, through the four divisions listed below.
Collectively, the divisions enforce and administer the following Federal workers' compensation Acts and related programs, regulations and laws.
- Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act
- Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act
- Black Lung Benefits Reform Act
- Federal Employees' Compensation Act
The OWCP Web site is the place to research the Acts and find forms for claiming benefits under the Acts, if your employer does not provide the forms. Alternately, you may obtain forms through a regional office, where you would also file an appeal for a denial of benefits.
State Workers' Compensation Boards, Bureaus, Commissions, Courts and Offices
State workers' compensation boards (bureaus commissions, offices or similarly-named agencies) administer benefits for private-sector employees, and those who work for and state and local governments.
The Web site of the state workers' compensation board or similarly-named agency for the state in which you work is the place to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits, if it has online facilities for such. Many do. But, regardless of whether or not they offer online claim filing, all of the Web sites provide instructions, links or contact information for filing claims by other means.
The Web sites of state workers' compensation agencies are also good places to research state-specific workers' compensation benefits, eligibility requirements, appeals procedures, laws and employer compliance requirements.
Not every state workers' compensation agency has its own Web site. In fact, a few states don't even have workers' compensation boards or commissions per se. Consequently, this section links to the closest Web sites for such states.