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Are you about to hire your next workers' compensation claim? In an effort to get a position filled quickly, you may take shortcuts that could cost you thousands of dollars.
Prospective employees should be required to complete a pre-hire physical. A copy of the intended job description can then be given to the medical provider with the physical requirements of the position. This helps to ensure only those capable of doing the job are hired and keeps other employees safe.
Oftentimes employees don’t understand the workers' compensation process and may be afraid to report a claim for fear of losing their job or impacting a daily count of injury-free days that are tied to an incentive program.
Educate employees on the workers' compensation system. During the hiring process, consider explaining how workers' compensation coverage protects your employee when an injury occurs. Your employees should understand that it is their responsibility to report an injury immediately and follow the company’s guidelines for seeking medical attention. Explain your return to work policy and have your employees sign an agreement stating they understand the process.
Your employee may become injured and you might be tempted to rely on someone else to communicate with them. As a result, your employee may be confused by the workers' compensation process and unsure where to turn.
You and your supervisors need to stay in constant communication with your employees. Your insurance broker can provide some coaching and guidance throughout the process. Above all, your employees should feel that you care about their injuries and that you will be involved in helping them recover. Your direct supervisors play a key role in this process and should be trained to effectively communicate with your employees throughout the injury.
When your employees become injured, they may need time to recover. As an employer, you may be tempted to rely solely on the workers' compensation insurance company and/or your employee’s medical provider to communicate throughout the process. If you do, the process can become unnecessarily prolonged.
As the employer, let your insurance company and your employee’s medical provider know that you have a return to work program in place. Ask the medical provider to refer to the job description that has been provided for the injured employee. As soon as the employee is medically cleared, offer a light duty position and ask them to report to work. If needed, your employee can continue to receive treatment while they continue to recover.
Statistically, your company’s Experience Modification Rate (EMR) has more than a 70% chance of being incorrect. Your EMR is a number used by insurance companies to gauge any past cost of injuries and future chances of risk. In addition, over 80% of payroll audits are done incorrectly. Both factors impact your workers' compensation coverage.
Trust your insurance advisor and have them assist and advocate during the annual payroll audit conducted by the insurance company. Your agent should also monitor all claims, but especially claims reserved over a $10,000 threshold. Larger claims should have a quarterly report prepared by your insurance agent to let you know the status of the claim. Your agent should work with your insurance company’s claims adjustor to close any claims as quickly as possible.
Claims can remain open longer than needed due to poor communication between you and your employee’s medical provider. As a result, you may be unaware that your employee is well enough to return to work on a modified basis.
Get to know the doctors that are helping your employee heal. Your insurance broker should foster this relationship by assisting you in the selection of the medical provider prior to a claim. Meet with the medical provider, interview them, tour their facilities, ask them to tour your location, and explain your return to work program. Job descriptions can be provided to the medical provider and an agreement of services can be achieved. Once a claim takes place, a clear line of communication should be established so you are kept aware of your employee’s status.
Sometimes employees are trained to do a job well, but are not trained to do their job safely. Many work-related injuries can be avoided by effective training.
Your insurance broker should be able to organize monthly training classes. Many insurance carriers offer training tools at no charge and your broker can help you utilize these tools to your advantage. For example, topics such as proper lifting techniques can be critical for many job functions. Also, using tools like payroll stuffers can be very effective.
Many employers are concerned about their next OSHA visit. Worried about citations and fines, employers see OSHA as the enemy. Sound familiar?
OSHA's On-site Consultation Program offers free and confidential safety and occupational health advice to small and medium-sized businesses in all states across the country, with priority given to high-hazard worksites. On-site Consultation services are separate from enforcement and do not result in penalties or citations. Consultants from state agencies or universities work with employers to identify workplace hazards, provide advice on compliance with OSHA standards, and assist in establishing injury and illness prevention programs.
Workers' Compensation Insurance
Workers' compensation insurance covers employees injured on the job or in auto accidents while on business. It also covers work-related illnesses. We'll work with you to find a solution that creates a safer and more productive workplace.
Cyber Liability Insurance
Cyber liability insurance protects your business against the expenses associated with a data breach. We'll help you evaluate the data liability risks your business faces and find you a policy that meets your specific needs.
There are four key components of effective business planning. We offer business continuity, business valuation and document review services to keep you prepared for the unexpected.
Industrial Hemp Insurance
In a relatively new industry like industrial hemp, it's often confusing to know what type of coverage you need. From general liability to product storage, we'll help you sort out the risks and design a policy that helps your business as it grows.
Manufacturers come in all shapes, sizes and product lines. But no matter what type of manufacturing business you're in, there's one thing in common: the need to protect your business. We can help you design the right manufacturer's insurance policy.
Social Service/Non-Profit Insurance
Even though your organization's goal is to help people, you are still running a business. That means your non-profit needs to protect itself against the risks that small business owners face. We'll help you design a non-profit insurance policy that covers your organization's unique needs.
Life Sciences Insurance
Innovation is the way of the future, but it also means ever-evolving risk. We’ll help you navigate the life science risk landscape and design coverage as unique as your business.
Technology Firm Insurance
Technology firms face unique risks due to the nature of their work. Specific tech firm insurance can help to combat and prevent these risks.
Does your company make use of commercial trucks? If so, you may need to consider commercial trucking insurance, which covers more risks than your typical auto insurance would.
Veterinary Office Insurance
As a veterinary office, you’re tasked with maintaining the health of your clients’ furry family members. This very important and highly-specialized responsibility creates a need for proper veterinary office insurance to cover your unique needs.
Landscaping Services Insurance
As a landscaper, you probably spend most of your day out with clients. While you’re on the road, the last thing you want on your mind is your insurance coverage. However, there are many reasons why a basic business insurance package just isn’t enough.
Dental Office Insurance
Your patients’ teeth are your top priority. You take pride in knowing you’re providing the best care possible of every person who walks through your door. Staying up to date on news and trends in dentistry should be top of mind, not your insurance policies. Still, it’s imperative you cover your office’s unique risks with specialized dental office insurance.