2014 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 85A. Administrative Workers' Compensation System
§85A-107. Workers' compensation provided by public entities.

85A OK Stat § 85A-107 (2014) What's This?

A. 1. All public entities of this state, their agencies and instrumentalities, authorities, and public trusts of which they are beneficiaries shall provide workers' compensation to their employees and elected officials engaged in either governmental or proprietary functions in accordance with this section. Compensation or indemnification for compensation shall be paid out of the funds of the public entities.

2. Except as otherwise provided, the state and all its institutions of higher education, departments, instrumentalities, institutions, and public trusts of which it or they are beneficiaries shall insure against liability for workers' compensation with CompSource Oklahoma and shall not be permitted to insure with any other insurance carrier unless:

a.CompSource Oklahoma refuses to accept the risk when the application for insurance is made,

b.specifically authorized by law,

c.the state entity can obtain workers' compensation insurance coverage at the same cost or at a lower cost from another insurance carrier licensed in this state, or

d.CompSource Oklahoma begins operating as a mutual insurance company.

3. a.The state, all state institutions of higher education except comprehensive universities, and all state departments, instrumentalities, institutions, and public trusts of which the state is a beneficiary, may self-insure. Self-insurance administration may only be obtained through CompSource Oklahoma, unless CompSource Oklahoma begins operating as a mutual insurance company.

b.If CompSource Oklahoma begins operating as a mutual insurance company:

(1)the state, all state institutions of higher education except comprehensive universities, and all state departments, instrumentalities, institutions, and public trusts so electing to self-insure shall pay premiums set by CompSource Oklahoma which shall collect premiums, pay claims and provide for excess insurance, and

(2)all dividends or profits accumulating from a self-insurance program shall be refunded to the participants on a formula devised by CompSource Oklahoma.

B. All counties, cities and towns, their instrumentalities and public trusts of which they are beneficiaries shall insure against their liability for workers' compensation with CompSource Oklahoma or, through any combination of the following, may:

1. Insure with an insurance carrier licensed in this state;

2. Self-insure and make any appropriation of funds to cover their risk;

3. Secure reinsurance or excess insurance over and above a self-insurance retention in any manner authorized by subsections B and C of Section 167 of Title 51 of the Oklahoma Statutes; or

4. Secure compensation for their employees in the manner provided in The Governmental Tort Claims Act, subsection C of Section 167 of Title 51 of the Oklahoma Statutes.

C. Boards of education, their instrumentalities and public trusts of which they are beneficiaries shall insure against their liability for workers' compensation through any combination of the following:

1. Insure with an insurance carrier licensed in Oklahoma;

2. Self-insure and make any appropriation of funds to cover their risk; or

3. Secure reinsurance or excess insurance over and above a self-insurance retention in any manner authorized by subsection B of Section 168 of Title 51 of the Oklahoma Statutes.

D. Comprehensive universities shall insure against their liability for workers' compensation with CompSource Oklahoma or, if it can be demonstrated to the Board of Regents of the comprehensive university prior to the inception date of a workers' compensation policy that the policy will result in a lower cost than one with CompSource Oklahoma or if CompSource Oklahoma begins operating as a mutual insurance company, through any combination of the following:

1. Insure with an insurance carrier licensed in Oklahoma; or

2. Self-insurance, making any appropriation of funds to cover their risk.

E. In addition to any other provision of this section, city, county, city-county, and public trust hospitals may insure with other insurance carriers licensed in this state if it can be demonstrated to the governing body of the hospital prior to the inception date of a workers' compensation policy each year that the policy will result in a lower cost than one with CompSource Oklahoma or if CompSource Oklahoma begins operating as a mutual insurance company.

F. For purposes of this act, all contracts of employment for state, county, municipal, and state-funded educational entities and public trusts will be considered to have been entered into in this state regardless of where the work is performed.

G. When a person is employed by the state, a municipality, a county, or by any political subdivision thereof, and, while off-duty from the employment, is employed by a private employer, the private employer alone shall be liable for compensation under this act for any injury or death of the person arising out of and in the course of employment which occurs during the hours of actual employment by the private employer. The provisions of this subsection shall not relieve the state, a municipality or a county, or any political subdivision thereof, from providing disability benefits to which a person may be entitled pursuant to a pension or retirement plan. The provisions of this subsection shall not preclude an employee or group of employees so employed from providing separate compensation coverage for off-duty employment by a private employer.

Added by Laws 2013, c. 208, § 150, eff. Feb. 1, 2014.

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