Reciprocal Agreements

WSI has reciprocal agreements, with certain restrictions, with the following 7 states: Idaho, Montana, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.


WSI currently has reciprocal agreements with seven states: Idaho, Montana, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. These reciprocal agreements allow your North Dakota employees to work in those states on a temporary basis without purchasing workers’ compensation coverage in that jurisdiction.

The reciprocal agreements for each state vary and may include exclusions. These agreements must be requested by the employer and be approved before becoming effective. Employers need to contact WSI before assuming they have WSI coverage for their employees working in these states. WSI has jurisdiction over a claim arising under a reciprocal agreement.

It is critical to remember that coverage with WSI cannot replace required coverage with another state. It is the employer’s responsibility to determine whether coverage needs to be secured in other jurisdictions. North Dakota employers are best served by presenting their employment situations to each state in which their employees may travel or conduct business prior to having employees working in that state.

Issues of extraterritorial coverage must be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Policyholder Services is available to assist employers in relation to any coverage situations they may encounter.


Employers from Idaho, Montana, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming must contact WSI before assuming they have coverage for their employees working in North Dakota. Reciprocal agreements are available upon request.

In order for your business to have reciprocity with North Dakota, you must request the reciprocal agreement from the appropriate state. A petition will be sent to WSI for review. WSI will respond with confirmation or a denial letter. Reciprocal agreements are for a limited amount of time and must be monitored closely.

If you open a workers’ compensation policy with WSI, all payroll earned in North Dakota must be reported to WSI.

State of Idaho
Industrial Commission
Employer Compliance Department
317 Main Street
Boise ID 93920
Telephone: 208-334-6000
Fax: 208-334-2321
Montana Department of Labor & Industry
Employment Relations Division-Standard Bureau
PO Box 8011
Helena MT 59604-8011
Telephone: 406-444-6532
Fax: 406-444-3465 
South Dakota Department of Labor
Division of Labor & Management
Kneip Building
700 Governors Drive
Pierre SD 57501-2277
Telephone: 605-773-3681
Fax: 605-773-4211
State of Utah
Industrial Commission
PO Box 146610
Salt Lake City UT 84414-6610
Telephone: 801-530-6800
Fax: 801-530-6804     
State of Washington
Department of Labor & Industries
General Administration Building
Olympia WA 98504
Telephone: 360-902-4817
State of Wyoming
1500 East Pershing Boulevard
Cheyenne WY 82002
Telephone: 307-777-6763
Fax: 307-777-5298