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Division Director

Tanner Holloman

Assistant Director

Andrew Sabolic

Workers' Compensation
200 East Gaines Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0318
Workers' Compensation Claims
(800) 342-1741
Workers' Compensation Exemption/ Compliance
(850) 413-1609


Bureau of Compliance

The Bureau of Compliance is responsible for ensuring that employers comply with Chapter 440, F.S., requirements to obtain appropriate workers’ compensation insurance coverage for their employees.

Need assistance? Call (850)413-1609, email or visit us.

Coverage Requirements & Proof of Coverage

  • Who Needs Coverage
  • How to Obtain Coverage
  • Databases: Proof of Coverage, Construction Policy Tracking, WC Policy Search
  • Posting Notices - Broken Arm Poster

Exemption Information

  • Exemption Forms
  • Key Exemption Requirements
  • Exemption Search

Fatality Reporting

  • Report Fatalites in 24 Hours

Compliance Violations (Stop-Work Orders & Penalty Assessments)

  • Employer Compliance and Penalties for Failure to Secure Coverage
  • Online Penalty Payment Service & Instructions
  • Stop-Work Order Database
  • Report Non-Compliance

Education Outreach/ Resources

  • Free Workers' Comp and Safety Classes
  • New Law Affecting Non-Construction LLCs Webinars
  • USF Safety Florida safety consultations
  • Compliance Statistics
  • Workers' Compensation Resources

Employer Updates


Beginning January 1, 2015, there will be changes to what employers are required to report to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA has requested the assistance of the Division of Workers’ Compensation in disseminating this information to Florida employers.


Employers will now be required to report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding out about the incident.

Previously, employers were required to report all workplace fatalities and when three or more workers were hospitalized in the same incident.

The updated reporting requirements are not simply paperwork but have a life-saving purpose: they will enable employers and workers to prevent future injuries by identifying and eliminating the most serious workplace hazards.

Employers have three options for reporting these severe incidents to OSHA. They can call their nearest area office during normal business hours, call the 24-hour OSHA hotline at 1-800-321-OSHA (1-800-321-6742), or they can report online at www.osha.gov/report_online. For more information and resources, including a new YouTube video, visit OSHA’s webpage on the updated reporting requirements.

*Employers under Federal OSHA’s jurisdiction must begin reporting by January 1. Establishments in a state with a State run OSHA program should contact their state plan for the implementation date.

Notice of Workers' Compensation Exemption law change »

The Florida Legislature passed and the Governor signed into law CS/HB 941, which amended Sections 440.02(9) and 440.05, Florida Statutes. These amendments will streamline the filing and processing of exemption applications. Highlights of CS/HB 941 include:

  • Provides applicant the ability to electronically file their applications via a web-based system.
  • Eliminates the requirement for the application to be notarized; and
  • Eliminates the need to submit a copy of the stock certificate or documentation of ownership evidencing 10% ownership in a company.

Additionally, the legislative changes provide that all Certificates of Elections to be Exempt issued on or after January 1, 2013, are valid for 2 years after the effective date and, beginning July 1, 2013, non-construction limited liability members will be treated as corporate officers, and will be eligible to apply for an exemption.
On July 1, 2012, a new DWC Notice of Election to be Exempt web-based system will be available for applicants to electronically apply for or renew their Certificate of Election to be Exempt. This system will be convenient and easy to use.
To access the DWC Notice of Election to be Exempt system, applicants will go to the Division of Workers' Compensation's website at www.myfloridacfo.com/wc and select the "Apply for an Exemption" icon.

The University of South Florida’s SafetyFlorida provides Florida's small business owners with complimentary, confidential, and on-site safety consultation »

The least costly accident is the one that never occurs. The USF SafetyFlorida consultants are highly skilled and trained in OSHA regulations, yet cannot assess financial penalties. They can assist your small business with hazard identification, record keeping, education and training, and more. The courses may include:
• Accident and hazard prevention information
• Safety videos
• Safety management wizards that complete DWC-1 and OSHA 300 forms
• Safety and health training and education, including USF OSHA Training Institute Education Center information
To request your consultation, call 1-866-273-1105 or visit www.safetyflorida.usf.edu.

Free Education Classes for Employers With Regard to Workers' Compensation Coverage Requirements »
Report an Employer for Non-Compliance »