39-71-442. (Temporary) Employer option for extraterritorial coverage. (1) Notwithstanding 39-71-118(8)(a), an employee of an employer in this state who is employed by the employer to work solely in North Dakota, and who is required by the laws of that state to be covered for workers' compensation purposes while working in that state, is not considered to be an employee in this state covered under Title 39, chapter 71, during any time that the employer maintains workers' compensation coverage for the employee in North Dakota. For purposes of this section, "work solely in North Dakota" means the employee does not perform job duties in Montana and coverage is required by the state of North Dakota. Travel that is commuting to and from a job site in North Dakota from a location in Montana does not constitute performing job duties in Montana even if the employer pays for all or a portion of the costs of travel or if the worker is paid for the travel time.
(2) A plan No. 1, 2, or 3 insurer providing coverage to the employer under this chapter may require proof of coverage in North Dakota and records of work in North Dakota. An insurer may use a verification of employment form, developed by the department, to request an attestation by the employer regarding the employees working solely in North Dakota.
(3) (a) This section does not exempt an employee from coverage under this chapter when the employee's usual job duties begin in this state and the employee is otherwise covered under 39-71-407(4)(a).
(b) This section exempts an employee from coverage under this chapter when the employee is engaged in travel while commuting as provided in subsection (1). (Terminates June 30, 2019--sec. 5, Ch. 315, L. 2015.)