The Department of Labor and Workforce Development encourages the public to avoid visiting state offices in person and to contact the agency by telephone when possible. Division offices continue to be open to the public for those individuals for whom telephonic contact is not an option.
If you are scheduled to participate for any proceedings with Workers’ Compensation, or you have other official business, call one of our offices below. Please see Bulletin 20-03 for additional guidance. We also encourage parties to email email@example.com or mail their pleadings and documents.
Joe Knowles, Acting Director
The Division of Workers’ Compensation is the agency charged with the administration of the Alaska Workers’ Compensation Act (Act). The Act provides for the payment by employers or their insurance carriers of medical, disability and reemployment benefits to injured workers. The Division is required to administer the Act in a manner that is both fair and efficient to all parties. In addition to its administrative function, the Division also houses the Alaska Workers’ Compensation Board which hears disputes arising between employees and employers or their insurance carriers regarding the payment of benefits under the Act.
Workers’ Compensation is a system which requires an employer to pay an injured employee’s work-related medical and disability benefits. Workers’ Compensation also requires the payment of benefits to dependents in the case of work-related death. For more information about the workers’ compensation process, click the following links:
- Workers' Compensation and You - Information for Injured Workers
- Guide to Alaska Workers’ Compensation (PDF)
- State of Alaska ADA Compliance Program
- To request an ADA accommodation with the Division of Workers’ Compensation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us by regular mail, telephone or fax using the contact information listed below for the Juneau Office.
You may also email the Division at email@example.com or contact a Division office below.
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- The State of Alaska, Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Workers' Compensation Division, Second Independent Medical Examiner (SIME) Selection Panel will meet June 16, 2020. For additional information, see the Online Public Meeting Notice.
- The State of Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Workers' Compensation Division, Medical Services Review Committee will meet on May 20, June 19, July 10 and August 7, 2020. For additional information, see the Online Public Meeting Notice.
- The division has issued Bulletin No. 20-05, COVID-19 Presumption of Compensability for Emergency Response and Health Care Employees. Please see the full bulletin at the link below:
Bulletin No. 20-05, COVID-19 Presumption of Compensability for Emergency Response and Health Care Employees (PDF)
- The Alaska Workers' Compensation Board will conduct a full board meeting, May 7-8, 2020. For additional information, see the Online Public Meeting Notice.
- The division has issued Bulletin 20-04, Notice of Enforcement Suspensions from March 31, 2020 through May 11, 2020. Please see the full bulletin at the link below:
- The division has issued Bulletin 20-03, COVID 19 Virus Guidance for Hearings and Prehearings. Please see the full bulletin at the link below: Bulletin No. 20-03, COVID 19 Virus Guidance for Hearings and Prehearings
- The division has issued Bulletin 20-02, regarding travel related to Second Independent Medical Evaluations. Please see the full bulletin at the link below:
The Adjudications Section is responsible for interpreting the Alaska Workers’ Compensation Act in a fair and impartial manner to ensure the quick, efficient and predictable delivery of medical and indemnity benefits to injured workers at a reasonable cost to employers and insurance carriers.
The Special Investigations Unit investigates allegations of workers’ compensation fraud committed by employers, injured workers, and care providers. Workers’ compensation fraud includes any false or misleading act or statement made for the purpose of obtaining benefits or evading full payment of workers’ compensation premiums. The Special Investigations Unit is also responsible for investigating and enforcing employer compliance and petitioning the Alaska Workers’ Compensation Board to assess penalties against uninsured employers for lapses in coverage and violations of stop work orders. Employers can be assessed penalties up to $1,000 per employee for each day they remain uninsured, and a mandatory $1,000 per day for violating stop work orders.
- Workers' Compensation Fraud Hotline - (888) 372-8330
The Medical Services Review Committee assists the Workers’ Compensation Board and the Department of Labor and Workforce Development concerning medical and services related costs.
The Reemployment Benefits Section administers the provision of reemployment benefits to qualifying injured workers. Injured workers who qualify for these benefits may elect to undergo vocational retraining paid for by the employer.
Special Funds Units:
Workers' Compensation Benefits Guaranty Fund (Fund) was established in 2005 to provide workers' compensation benefits to workers injured on the job while working for an uninsured employer. A claim may be filed against the Fund following a finding by the Board that the employer is responsible for and fails to pay benefits under the Act.
Fishermen's Fund provides for treatment and care of Alaska's licensed commercial fishermen who are injured or become ill due to fishing-related activities on shore in Alaska or in Alaska waters.
Second Injury Fund provides benefits to employers for claimants who have a permanent physical impairment.
Workers’ Compensation Appeals Commission hears appeals from decisions of the Alaska Workers Compensation Board in cases decided by the Board after November 7, 2005.