When an employee suffers a work related injury or illness, workers’ compensation insurance steps in to provide benefits based on the type of illness or injury sustained. Workers’ compensation is based on a no-fault system, which means that an injured employee does not need to prove that the injury or illness was someone else’s fault in order to receive workers' compensation benefits for an on-the-job injury or illness.
As a California employer you are required under California Labor Code Section 3700 to provide workers’ compensation benefits for your employees. You can purchase workers compensation insurance from a licensed insurance company or through the State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF). Employers may also have the option to self-insure. Your broker-agent can assist you with purchasing workers compensation insurance from a licensed insurance company and can assist you with information on SCIF and self-insurance.