Through a specialized unit at Chesapeake Employers, IWIF serves as the third-party administrator of workers' compensation services and benefits to the State of Maryland. To service the workers in more than 300 Maryland departments, agencies and bureaus, IWIF has a dedicated group of claims adjusters, risk management consultants, nurse case managers and supervisors.
SERMA (State Employee Risk Management Administration) originated in 1989 under an Executive Order issued by the Governor Donald Schaffer. An Executive Order supporting SERMA efforts has been reissued with each ensuing administration. The current Executive Order details the responsibilities of state agencies and our risk managers in an effort to establish a safe work environment for all state employees. The Order also specifies the framework of the Maryland State Employees Risk Management Committee. This committee is comprised of representatives from the 14 largest state agencies and IWIF and calls on them to meet at least quarterly to discuss workers' compensation and safety needs across the state, share resources and plan an annual conference.