Alaska Statutes Title 23. Labor and Workers' Compensation § 23.30.011. Extraterritorial coverage

(a) If an employee, while working outside the territorial limits of this state, suffers an injury on account of which the employee, or in the event of the employee's death, the employee's dependents, would have been entitled to the benefits provided by this chapter had the injury occurred in this state, the employee or, in the event of the employee's death resulting from the injury, the employee's dependents shall be entitled to the benefits provided by this chapter, if at the time of the injury

(1) the employee's employment is principally localized in this state;

(2) the employee is working under a contract of hire made in this state in employment not principally localized in any state;

(3) the employee is working under a contract of hire made in this state in employment principally localized in another state whose workers' compensation law is not applicable to the employee's employer;  or

(4) the employee is working under a contract of hire made in this state for employment outside the United States and Canada.

(b) The payment or award of benefits under the workers' compensation law of another state, territory, province, or foreign nation to an employee or the employee's dependents otherwise entitled on account of the injury or death to the benefits under this chapter is not a bar to a claim for benefits under this chapter;  however, a claim under this chapter must be filed within the time limits set out in this chapter.  If compensation is paid or awarded under this section

(1) the medical and related benefits furnished or paid for by the employer under another workers' compensation law on account of the injury or death shall be credited against the medical and related benefits to which the employee would have been entitled under this chapter had claim been made solely under this chapter;

(2) the amount of all income benefits paid or awarded the employee under another workers' compensation law shall be credited against the total amount of income benefits which would have been due the employee under this chapter had claim been made solely under this chapter;

(3) the total amount of death benefits paid or awarded under another workers' compensation law shall be credited against the total amount of death benefits due under this chapter.

(c) If an employee is entitled to the benefits of this chapter by reason of an injury sustained in this state in employment by an employer who is domiciled in another state and who has not secured the payment of compensation as required by this chapter, the employer or the employer's carrier may file with the board a certificate, issued by the commission or agency of the other state having jurisdiction over workers' compensation claims, certifying that the employer has secured the payment of compensation under the workers' compensation law of the other state and that with respect to that injury the employee is entitled to the benefits provided under that law.  In that event

(1) the filing of the certificate shall constitute an appointment by the employer or the employer's carrier of the board as the employer's agent for acceptance of the service of process in a proceeding brought by the employee or the employee's dependents to enforce the employee's or their rights under this chapter on account of the injury;

(2) the board shall send to the employer or carrier, by registered or certified mail to the address shown on the certificate, a true copy of any notice of claim or other process served on the director by the employee or the employee's dependents in any proceeding brought to enforce the employee's or their rights under this chapter;

(3) if the employer is a qualified self-insurer under the workers' compensation law of the other state, the employer, upon submission of evidence satisfactory to the board of the employer's ability to meet the employer's liability to the employee under this chapter, shall be considered to be a qualified self-insurer under this chapter;

(4) if the employer's liability under the workers' compensation law of another state is insured, the employer's carrier, as to the employee or the employee's dependents only, shall be considered to be an insurer authorized to write insurance under and be subject to this chapter;  however, unless its contract with the employer requires it to pay an amount equivalent to the compensation benefits provided by this chapter, its liability for income benefits or medical and related benefits may not exceed the amounts of the benefits for which the insurer would have been liable under the workers' compensation law of the other state;

(5) if the amount for which the employer's insurance is liable under (3) and (4) of this subsection is less than the total of the compensation benefits to which the employee is entitled under this chapter, the board may, if it considers it necessary, require the employer to file security satisfactory to the board to secure the payment of benefits due the employee or the employee's dependents under this chapter;  and

(6) upon compliance with the preceding requirements of this subsection, the employer, as to the employee only, shall be considered to have secured the payment of compensation under this chapter.

(d) In this section

(1) “carrier” includes an insurance company licensed to write workers' compensation insurance in a state of the United States or a state or provincial fund that insures employers against their liabilities under a workers' compensation law;

(2) a person's employment is “principally localized” in this or another state when (A) the person's employer has a place of business in this or the other state and the person regularly works at or from that place of business, or (B), if (A) of this paragraph is not applicable, the person is domiciled and spends a substantial part of the person's working time in the service of an employer in this or the other state;  an employee whose duties require the employee to travel regularly in the service of an employer in this and one or more other states may, by written agreement with the employer, provide that the employment is principally localized in this or another state, and unless the other state refuses jurisdiction, the agreement shall be given effect under this chapter;

(3) “state” includes a state of the United States, the District of Columbia, or a province of Canada;

(4) “United States” includes only the states of the United States and the District of Columbia;

(5) “workers' compensation law” includes “occupational disease law.”


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