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80.61 Divided-;insurance and partial-;insurance requirements under s. 102.31 (1) and (6), for all employers, including contractors working on a wrap-; up project.

(1) DEFINITIONS. In this section:

(a) "Divided-;insurance" means consent to the issuance of 2 or more policies, as provided in s. 102.31 (1) , Stats.

(b) "Partial-;insurance" means self-;insurance of a part of the liability and consent to the issuance of one or more policies on the remainder of the liability, as provided in ss. 102.28 (2) (b) and 102.31 (1), Stats.

(2) REQUIREMENTS. (a) The requirements for partial-;insurance and divided-;insurance by 2 or more insurance companies are as follows:

1. Submission of an application on department forms available from the department. If the application is approved, the department shall permit partial-;insurance or divided-;insurance by written order. In the application, the employer shall agree to assume full responsibility to immediately make all payments of compensation and medical expense as the department may require, pending a final determination as to liability between the insurance carriers under divided-;insurance or between the

employer and the insurance carrier under partial-;insurance, if a dispute should arise as to which insurance company or whether the employer or insurance company is responsible for a particular injury or illness sustained during the time the written order is in effect.

  1. If the applicant is a political subdivision of the state, it shall submit a certified statement by an officer or the attorney for the political subdivision which cites the legal authority for executing the application and agreement when the initial application is submitted.

  2. If the employer is a corporation, it shall submit a certified copy of the resolution adopted by the board of directors authorizing the execution of the initial application. Applications by organizations other than corporations shall be signed by person(s) possessing authority to execute such application. Partnerships must submit a consent by all the partners that the individual(s) executing the application has the authority to act for the applicant partnership.

  3. Partial-;insurance or divided insurance shall not be permitted when the portion of the entity to be insured is unable to obtain coverage under voluntary markets. Otherwise,

a. The department shall permit divided-;insurance to municipalities which have ownership of nursing homes in order that the nursing homes may be separately insured and develop a separate experience rate.

b. Subdivision 4. a. does not apply after December 31, 1992.

(b) Renewal applications shall be submitted to the department on a department form no later than 3 months prior to the expiration date of the department's order. Partial-;insurance and divided-; insurance shall expire on the date specified in the order unless continued in force by further order, as the department deems necessary.

Note: To obtain a renewal application form, contact the Department of Workforce Development, Worker's Compensation Division, 201 East Washington Avenue, P.O. Box 7901, Madison, Wisconsin 53707 or call (608) 266-;1340.

(3) DIVIDED-;INSURANCE FOR DESIGNATED CARRIER WRAP-;UP CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS. (a) Definitions. In this subsection:

  1. "Bureau" means the Wisconsin compensation rating bureau.

  2. "Designated wrap-;up carrier" means the designated carrier or insurance company which insures the wrap-;up project under ch. 102 , Stats.

  3. "Job site" means the premises and vicinity upon which the operations covered under the contract with the contractor or subcontractor are to be performed.

  4. "Material supplier" means vendors, suppliers, material dealers, and others whose function is solely to supply or transport material, equipment, or parts to or from the construction site.

  5. "Owner" means the person, firm, corporation or municipality having lawful possession of the construction project.

  6. "Regular carrier" means the insurance company which insures all operations of a contractor or subcontractor under ch. 102 , Stats., except for work done on the wrap-;up project.

  7. "Subcontractor" means a person who contracts with a contractor and also includes any subcontractor of a subcontractor.

  8. "Wrap-;up project" means a construction project wherein the owner selects a carrier, and this carrier issues a separate worker's compensation policy to each contractor and subcontractor scheduled to work on the project for work which will be done on the project, and where the owner pays for each such policy.

(b) Minimum wrap-;up project requirements. Wrap-;up projects shall comply with the following:

1. The estimated project cost of completion shall be equal to at least $25 million. The estimated project cost of completion shall be the estimate of the costs of the total construction contracts to be awarded by the owner on the wrap-;up project.

  1. The estimated standard worker's compensation manual premium shall be equal to $250,000 or more.

  2. The project shall be confined to a single location except that in connection with the building of a road, bridge, pipeline, tunnel, waterway, or 2 or more concurrent wrap-;up projects involving the same owner and the same insurance carrier the entire job or the concurrent projects are considered as a single project location.

  3. The project shall have a definite completion date involving work to be performed continuously until completion and may not be extended to include maintenance work following completion.

  4. All contractors and subcontractors shall be included under the wrap-;up program.

  5. All material suppliers shall be included in the safety program on the job site while unloading and handling material and performing other work, but material suppliers shall be excluded from the rest of the wrap-;up program.

  6. The submission of all bids and the letting of all contracts shall be on an ex-;insurance basis.

(c) Minimum requirements for owner. The owner shall comply with the following requirements on a wrap-;up project:

1. The wrap-;up plan and application shall be submitted on a form provided by the department. If the application is approved, the department shall permit divided-;insurance on the wrap-;up project.

Note: To obtain the form under this paragraph, contact the Department of Workforce Development, Worker's Compensation Division, 201 East Washington Avenue, P.O. Box 7901, Madison, Wisconsin 53707 or call (608) 266-;1340.

2. The owner shall comply with all conditions and agreements in the application, including, but not limited to:

a. The reimbursement of the department's costs incurred because of the wrap-;up project.

b. The selection of a licensed and qualified designated wrap-; up carrier having a record of compliance with the requirements of ch. 102 , Stats., which is acceptable to the department.

c. Informing each contractor and subcontractor and each contractor's and subcontractor's insurance company either directly or through the bureau, at the bureau's discretion, of each one's responsibilities and the need for attaching a proper endorsement to the regular carrier's policy to exclude coverage for the wrap-;up job site.

d. The submission of each contractor's and subcontractor's application, on a form provided by the department, to the department prior to the time the contractor or subcontractor begins work on the wrap-;up project.

Note: To obtain the form under this paragraph, contact the Department of Workforce Development, Worker's Compensation Division, 201 East Washington Avenue, P.O. Box 7901, Madison, Wisconsin 53707 or call (608) 266-;1340.

e. The notification of department and bureau of any entity status change resulting from ensuing reorganization.

f. The assumption of responsibility for immediately making direct compensation payments if a dispute arises over coverage.

g. The payment of an employee's attorney's fees and lost wages resulting from a dispute.

  1. If the owner is a corporation, it shall submit a certified copy of the resolution by the board of directors authorizing and directing the execution of the application and agreement.

  2. If the owner is a subsidiary of a corporation, it shall submit a guaranty and agreement by the owner's ultimate or top parent company agreeing to promptly satisfy all of the requirements and obligations assumed by the owner on the wrap-;up project in case of default by the owner.

(d) Minimum requirements for designated wrap-;up carrier.

1. The designated wrap-;up carrier shall submit an application on forms available from the department. If the application is approved, the department shall permit divided-;insurance for each contractor and subcontractor scheduled to work on the wrap-;up project.

Published under s. 35.93 , Stats. Updated on the first day of each month. Entire code is always current. The Register date on each page is the date the chapter was last published.

Note: To obtain application forms, contact the Department of Workforce Development, Worker's Compensation Division, 201 East Washington Avenue, P.O. Box 7901, Madison, Wisconsin 53707 or call (608) 266-;1340.

2. The designated wrap-;up carrier shall comply with all conditions and agreements in the application, including, but not limited to:

a. Informing each contractor's and subcontractor's insurance company either directly or through the bureau, at the bureau's discretion, of each one's responsibilities and the need for attaching a proper endorsement to the regular carrier's policy to exclude coverage for the wrap-;up job site;

b. The issuance of each individual contractor's and subcontractor's wrap-;up policy prior to the time the contractor and subcontractor begin work on the job site;

c. The notification of department and bureau of any entity status change resulting from ensuing reorganization;

d. Becoming the full risk insurer for any contractor or subcontractor not having purchased a worker's compensation policy during the time the contractor or subcontractor is under contract on the wrap-;up project, except as to an employer granted self-;insurance; and

e. Becoming the full risk insurer for any contractor or subcontractor not insured or self-;insured while working on the wrap-;up project.

3. The designated wrap-;up carrier shall submit a certified copy of a statement from an officer authorizing and directing the execution of the application and agreement.

(e) Application for contractors and subcontractors. The owner shall submit an application for divided insurance on forms available from the department for each contractor and subcontractor scheduled to work on the project. (em) Waiver of requirements. The department may waive one or more requirements in pars. (b) to (e) if it determines that a waiver will not impair the construction owner's ability to ensure minimum confusion about insurance coverage and maximum safety on the construction project site.

(f) Reimbursement for expenses incurred by department. The department shall be reimbursed for those expenses incurred because of the designated carrier wrap-;up program. Where the department specifically consents to divided-;insurance or partial-; insurance on a wrap-;up project, the owner shall reimburse the department, within 30 days after the date of a written request by the department, a sum determined by the department not to exceed 2% of the total audited worker's compensation premium charged, with payment not to exceed 1% of the estimated worker's compensation premium upon initial request. If an additional levy is determined to be necessary, a request shall be made for a sum that results in a total charge not to exceed 2% of the total audited worker's compensation premium charged.

(g) Inapplicability to other employers. Subsection (3) does not apply to any group of employers other than those specified in this section on any other type of operations nor to any single contract or policy of insurance for any group or association of employers.

History: Cr. Register, September, 1982, No. 321 , eff. 10-;1-;82; am. (2) (a) 1., (3)

(b) 3. and (3) (d) 3., r. and recr. (3) (e), Register, September, 1986, No. 369 , eff. 10-;1-;86; am. (2) (a) 2. to (c), Register, April, 1990, No. 412 , eff. 5-;1-;90; cr. (3) (em), Register, April, 1994, No. 460 , eff. 5-;1-;94; CR 15-;030 : am. (3) (c) 1., 2. a. to f. Reg ister October 2015 No. 718 , eff. 11-;1-;15.



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