Preferred Worker Program

The Preferred Worker Program (PWP) is designed to encourage the re-employment of North Dakota's injured workers. It offers cost-saving incentives to participating employers adn benefits for preferred workers.

Benefits for an employer:

  • Premium exemption (This benefit is not available to the employer of injury or out-of-state employers.)
    • Employers may not be assessed premiums on a preferred worker’s salary for up to 3 years.
  • Wage reimbursement (This benefit is not available to employer of injury.)
    • WSI may reimburse the employer up to 50% of gross wages (not to exceed North Dakota’s average weekly wage) at the time of employment start date; the wage reimbursement period is 26 consecutive weeks
    • If a preferred worker has a catastrophic injury as defined in N.D.C.C § 65-05.1-06.1(2)(1), reimbursement is 75% of gross wages for 52 consecutive weeks.
  • Claim costs exemption (This benefit is not available to the employer of injury or out-of-state employers.)
    • If the preferred worker sustains a new compensable injury during the 3-year premium exemption period, WSI may not charge claim costs to the employer.
  • Worksite modifications reimbursement
    • WSI may approve costs for modifications necessary for employment or retraining
  • Job analysis / Ergonomic Assessment
    • An on-site job analysis and/or ergonomic assessment may be conducted at no cost to the employer.
  • Experienced workers
    • Preferred workers give employers the benefit of having an experience worker on the job.

Employer Program Eligibility

North Dakota Employers

  • To be eligible to participate in the PWP employers must:
  • Be in good standing with WSI
  • Have and maintain an account providing WSI coverage

Out-of-State Employers

  • To be eligible to participate in the PWP, out-of-state employers must submit proof of worker’s compensation insurance at the time the ID card is submitted.

Note: The employer of injury is eligible for program participation if the injured worker has returned to work in a permanent, alternate position. Alternate employment is a new position with pre-injury employer.