Workers’ Compensation Insurance
Workers’ compensation insurance differs from most other forms of business liability insurance because it is specifically designed to cover insurance claims by employees in the event they are injured on the job. It does not provide third-party insurance coverage like most other types of liability insurance. The function of workers compensation insurance is to insurance a business against employee claims for accidents, injuries, and occupational hazards related to the work performed. Workers compensation will pay for employee medical costs, disabilities, and lost wages related to on-the-job injuries and accidents.
The biggest benefit to having workers comp insurance is that most state laws prohibit employees from filing a legal claim for damages against their employer when work comp coverage is purchased and in force. This legal concept is known as exclusive remedy. The laws surrounding exclusive remedy came into effect around the turn of the century as a means of dealing with the issue of injured workers. Historically, an employee would have to file a civil suit against their employee and then prove the cause of injury was due to employer negligence. Under exclusive remedy rules, injured employees receive quick access to medical treatment and a reasonable replacement for lost wages; however, they are not allowed to file suit against their employer unless they can prove the employer was willfully negligent or malicious.
Why Do Employers Need Workers’ Comp?
How to Buy Workers’ Compensation Insurance
Workers comp insurance is a relatively easy product to buy, but the cost of coverage varies significantly from class code to class code. There are over 700 workers compensation classification codes actively utilized under NCCI (National Council on Compensation Insurance) guidelines. Each class code signifies a separate job function or scope of operation. Insurance companies are free to rate each class code separately, and common sense dictates that lower risk classifications such as clerical or sales will be less expensive than higher risk job classes such as construction or manufacturing.
Workers’ compensation rates can vary significantly between insurance companies depending on their historical loss experience and appetite for each particular class code.
Workers compensation premium is determined by a companies payroll. An estimated payroll for the policy period is utilized and assigned to each class code listed on the policy. The payroll is divided by $100 and multiplied by assigned rate for the classification code. For example, let’s assume you have $25,000 in payroll for a small daycare business. And let’s estimate the rate for that class code is $3.00 per hundred; Divide 25,000 by $100 (equals 250); now multiply 250 x the rate: (250 x 3.00 = $750.00). The cost of the insurance for the daycare would be $750.00 plus any taxes, policy fees, or surcharges.
The trick to buying affordable workers compensation insurance is finding an insurance carrier with a low rate for your industry. Not all insurance companies are looking to write every type of business. When they do want to quote your business, they will often offer lower rates, more policy credits, and extra premium discounts. You need an agency who has a wide array of insurance carriers looking to expand their book of business.
General Liability Shop.com offers workers compensation insurance from more than 35 insurance companies. Contact our business insurance Specialists today at (800) 900-8657. Or start your workers comp quote here online.
General Liability and Workers’ Comp Insurance
General liability and workers compensation insurance are the two most commonly purchased insurance products by business owners in the U.S. While a lot of insurance companies don’t always offer the most competitive rates on both lines, there are still several advantages to purchasing both lines from the same insurance company and agency. Unlike a business owners policy, or a commercial package policy, where muliple lines of insurance are purchased under a common policy form, workers compensation insurance is always written as a separate insurance policy.
Workers comp insurance is never included on a BOP policy. Employers either need to quote workers comp separately or have it quoted as part of a commercial insurance package, or CPP.
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Most insurance carriers offer additional policy credits on one or both policies when a business buys general liability insurance and workers compensation insurance coverage from the carrier. We’re often able to get 10% – 15% off the total cost of premium. Consider purchasing general liability and workers compensation together to get the best possible pricing on business insurance.
Workers Compensation Rates Vary by State
Workers compensation insurance rates can vary tremendously from state to state; more so than any other line of business insurance. Part of the driving force behind state rates have a lot to do with state rules and regulations. Some state laws favor employees and some state laws favor employers. These regulations have a significant impact on both the cost and likelihood of workers comp claims.
Pay AS You Go Workers Compensation
Pas As You Go workers compensation is a relatively new concept in the workers compensation market. Traditionally, policies where purchased by making a standard deposit, followed by several installments. At the end of the policy period, the insurance company will perform an audit to determine the difference between estimated and actual payroll. The carrier then issues an invoice for additional premium due, or they issue a refund check if the business overestimated their payroll.
With Pay As You Go coverage, select insurance companies and agencies are able to charge and collect workers comp premium based on actual payrolls processed each pay period or each month. The benefits of Pas As You Go workers’ compensation include: