Elected or appointed official can be covered for workers compensation.
Indiana law [IC 22-3-6-1(2)] states: “An executive officer of a municipal corporation or other governmental subdivision or of a charitable, religious, educational, or other non-profit corporation may, notwithstanding any other provisions of IC 22-3-2 through IC 22-3-6, be brought within the coverage of its insurance contract by the corporation by specifically including the executive officer in the contract of insurance.”
The Indiana Code is available on the State of Indiana website.
An executive officer is specifically included on the workers compensation policy. A Sole Proprietors, Partners, Officers and Others Coverage Endorsement (form WC 00 03 10) is required by the carrier so that they will have a list of the named owners, officers, or designated groups such as all Board Members. The endorsement allows for flexible wording in naming individuals or designating a group, for instance “all School Board members.”
The Basic Manual Rule BM‐EXEC‐E11E8 states: “Executive officers of a corporation or unincorporated association are the president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, or any other officer appointed in accordance with the charter or bylaws of such entity.” Depending on the bylaws, a Mayor or Treasurer may be listed and subject to Executive Officer rules but a City Manager may not.
Executive officer’s payroll is assigned to the classification that applies to the principal operations in which the executive officer is engaged. Many executive officers and elected or appointed officials may qualify for the clerical classification, based on their individual duties.