Austin, TX – The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) recently announced that it is providing a grace period for employers without workers’ compensation insurance coverage or that terminated their coverage (non-subscribers) to report their non-coverage status to DWC without penalty. This grace period also extends to non-subscribers with five or more employees that have not previously reported on-the-job injuries, illnesses, and fatalities to DWC. Historically, non-subscriber reporting rates are low, and DWC is offering this grace period to increase compliance with required state reporting.
This grace period allows non-subscribers that have not previously reported their non-coverage status, to submit the DWC Form-005, Employer Notice of No Coverage or Termination of Coverage (DWC Form-005), without an administrative penalty during the February 1, 2016, through April 30, 2016, reporting period. Additionally, this grace period also allows non-subscribers with five or more employees that have not previously reported their injuries, illnesses, and fatalities, to submit the DWC Form-007, Employer’s Report of Non-Covered Employee’s Occupational Injury or Disease (DWC Form-007) without an administrative penalty for injuries, illnesses, and fatalities occurring on or after May 1, 2016.
By law, non-subscribers must annually notify DWC of their decision not to obtain workers’ compensation insurance coverage by submitting the DWC Form-005 and must also report each onthe-job injury, occupational illness, or fatality resulting in more than one day of lost time to DWC by filing DWC Form-007. Nonsubscribers that fail to comply with state requirements are subject to administrative penalties.
Non-subscribers can file the DWC Form-005 with DWC online, by fax, or by mail. The DWC Form-007 may be filed by fax or by mail.
Non-subscriber Reporting Requirements
A non-subscriber must file the DWC Form-005, Employer Notice of No Coverage or Termination of Coverage to DWC:
- between February 1 and April 30 each year;
- within 30 days of hiring its first employee; or
- within 10 days of DWC’s request.
Non-subscribers with five or more employees must report each fatality, occupational disease, and on the-job injury that results in more than one day of lost time to the DWC. Non-subscribers must submit the DWC Form-007, Employer’s Report of Non-Covered Employee’s Occupational Injury or Disease to the DWC within the seventh day of the month following the month in which:
- the death occurred;
- the employee was absent from work for more than one day as a result of the on-the-job injury; or
- the employer acquired knowledge of the occupational disease.
Additional information on non-subscriber reporting requirements is available on the TDI website.