Workers' Compensation Special Investigations Unit
Rhonda Gerharz, Investigator IV
Request Alaska Workers’ Compensation Workshop
Industry associations, government agencies, and large organizations are encouraged to schedule personalized onsite workers’ compensation workshops by contacting the Special Investigations Unit Chief Investigator at (907) 269-4002.
All businesses using employee labor in the State of Alaska are required to purchase and maintain workers’ compensation insurance. 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. Please see the Employer’s Guide to the Alaska Workers’ Compensation Act for additional information.
How do I report fraud?
Contact the Alaska Workers’ Compensation Division Special Investigations Unit or the insurance carrier as soon as possible if you:
- Suspect any business using employee labor is not insured;
- Are an employee who is unsure whether your employer has coverage;
- Know an employer that is:
- misclassifying employees as independent contractors to avoid workers’ compensation premiums;
- underreporting payroll to avoid workers’ compensation premiums;
- deducting workers’ compensation premiums from employee wages, or forcing employees to pay any part of premiums;
- requiring employees to “waive” workers’ compensation benefits either verbally or in writing; or
- refusing to file a report of occupational injury with their insurer or the Alaska Workers’ Compensation Division;
- Know an individual who is:
- secretly working another job while currently receiving workers’ compensation benefits;
- selling prescription medications received due to a workers’ compensation claim;
- claiming an injury is work-related when it occurred elsewhere;
- participating in activities from which they are specifically restricted as part of their workers’ compensation claim; or
- falsifying injury expense reports; or
- Know a care provider that is fraudulently billing a workers’ compensation insurer for treatment, services, or supplies not provided.
If you suspect any type of fraud, contact the Alaska Workers’ Compensation Division Special Investigations Unit at (907) 269-4002 or toll free at (888) 372-8330, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may remain anonymous if requested.