Sec. 31-286a. Insurance requirements for contractors on public works projects and renewals of state business licenses. (a) Notwithstanding any provision of any general statute, special act, charter or ordinance, neither the state, or its agents, nor any political subdivision of the state, or its agents, may enter into any contract on or after October 1, 1986, for the construction, remodeling, refinishing, refurbishing, rehabilitation, alteration or repair of any public works project before receiving from each of the other parties to such contract (1) sufficient evidence of compliance with the workers’ compensation insurance and self-insurance requirements of subsection (b) of section 31-284, and (2) a current statement from the State Treasurer that, to the best of his knowledge and belief, as of the date of the statement, the particular party was not liable to the state for any workers’ compensation payments made pursuant to section 31-355, except that any sole proprietor who is a party to such contract shall not be subject to the provisions of this section, provided such sole proprietor (A) does not utilize any subcontractor in performing such contract, (B) is not acting as a principal employer, (C) has not accepted the provisions of chapter 568 in accordance with subdivision (10) of section 31-275, and (D) has liability insurance in lieu of workers’ compensation insurance.
(b) On and after October 1, 1986, no state department, board or agency may renew a license or permit to operate a business in this state unless the applicant first presents sufficient evidence of current compliance with the workers’ compensation insurance coverage requirements of section 31-284.
(c) This section shall not be construed to create any liability on the part of the state or any political subdivision thereof to pay workers’ compensation benefits or to indemnify the Second Injury Fund, any employer or any insurer who pays workers’ compensation benefits.
(d) For purposes of this section, “sufficient evidence” means (1) a certificate of self-insurance issued by a workers’ compensation commissioner pursuant to section 31-284, (2) a certificate of compliance issued by the Insurance Commissioner pursuant to section 31-286, (3) a certificate of insurance issued by any stock or mutual insurance company or mutual association authorized to write workers’ compensation insurance in this state or its agent, or (4) in lieu of a physical certificate of insurance being presented for the issuance or renewal of licenses and permits issued by the Department of Consumer Protection, the Department of Public Health or the Office of Early Childhood, the entrance by the applicant on the renewal form of the name of the insurer, insurance policy number, effective dates of coverage, and a certification that the same is truthful and accurate.
(P.A. 86-87; P.A. 91-207, S. 2, 9; P.A. 09-104, S. 1; P.A. 10-9, S. 9; P.A. 11-242, S. 18; P.A. 14-39, S. 67; P.A. 16-73, S. 1.)
History: P.A. 91-207 made a technical change to fund’s name in Subsec. (c); P.A. 09-104 amended Subsec. (d) by adding Subdiv. (4) re entrance of specified information on Department of Consumer Protection license or permit renewal form in lieu of presentation of physical certificate of insurance and by making technical changes, effective June 2, 2009; P.A. 10-9 amended Subsec. (d)(4) to change “renewals” to “the issuance or renewal” of licenses and permits, effective May 5, 2010; P.A. 11-242 amended Subsec. (d)(4) by adding reference to Department of Public Health; P.A. 14-39 amended Subsec. (d)(4) by adding reference to Office of Early Childhood, effective July 1, 2014; P.A. 16-73 amended Subsec. (a) by adding provision re exception for sole proprietor who is a party to contract.