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Ten Commandments for a Workers’ Comp Audit

Posted on February 6th, 2020 by admin@compwork

While an IRS audit strikes fear in the hearts of business owners, a Workers’ Compensation premium audit is considered routine. Yet, there is a very good chance that it can result in higher charges, particularly if you are not adequately prepared. Clerical errors, incorrect classifications, and miscalculations often lead to overcharges. There are two important […]

OSHA update: Electronic record keeping, regulatory agenda, combustible dust, noise in construction

Posted on October 10th, 2017 by admin@compwork

OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application Injury Reporting is now available allowing employers to electronically enter their required 2016 injury and illness data from Form 300A. The Improve Track of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses final rule went into effect Jan. 1 with an initial compliance deadline of July 1. But OSHA has proposed delaying that deadline until Dec. 1, in an effort to […]

Classification: The Foundation of Workers’ Compensation For the Construction Industry

Posted on March 18th, 2017 by admin@compwork

Whether you’re an insurance professional, an employer or “the person in charge of insurance,” it’s often difficult to get your arms around Workers’ Compensation. It’s complex and fraught with so many “moving parts” you can almost be certain that what you say will be challenged and certainly open to interpretation. While there are several good […]

Lower Job Classifications Mean Lower Premiums

Posted on May 15th, 2016 by admin@compwork

To keep their premiums at the lowest cost each year, it’s not unusual for businesses to seek job classifications with lower ratings. Workers’ Compensation guru, David Leng, explains in his book, Stop Being Frustrated and Overcharged Year After Year by Your Workers’ Compensation Program, this practice can actually backfire. He cites the case of a […]

Minor workplace incidents can mean danger is ahead

Posted on July 12th, 2017 by admin@compwork

When workplace injuries are discussed or publicized, it is the serious ones that are front-and-center. They are the ones that cause the most pain in terms of injuries, cost, missed work time, employee morale, lost productivity, and more. If only, we could predict what incidents are on the horizon. In a recent Institute of WorkComp […]

Legal Corner

Posted on April 19th, 2016 by admin@compwork

ADA Employer requiring wellness program participation prevails over EEOC A federal District Court in Wisconsin has ruled against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and held that a plastic manufacturer’s policy of requiring employees to complete health risk assessments and biometric screenings to be eligible for health coverage does not violate the ADA. The court granted […]

Overexertion Accounts For More Than 25% Of The Top Ten Injury Costs: Liberty Mutual

Posted on April 11th, 2016 by admin@compwork

Produced annually, the Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index identifies the leading causes of the most disabling workplace injuries (resulting in six or more days of lost time) and ranks them by total Workers’ Compensation costs. The top five causes that accounted for 65.4% of the total injuries occurring in 2012 (most recent data available) were: […]

Delays In Reporting Claims Can Increase Costs By Over 50%: Study

Posted on May 11th, 2016 by admin@compwork

One of the overarching principles of workers’ comp cost control is early reporting and intervention. About fifteen years ago, a groundbreaking study by the Hartford Financial Services Group found that injuries reported between the 4th and 5th week following an injury are 45% more expensive than those reported in the first week. While the details […]

Eight Costly Communication Mistakes Employers Make

Posted on March 5th, 2016 by admin@compwork

Communication is an essential element in realizing business profitability, and managing workers’ comp costs is no exception. When communication suffers and an employee’s injuries are not properly managed, the experience mod goes up, premiums increase, and profits plummet. The sad part is the mistakes are unnecessary and can be easily avoided with knowledge, planning, and […]

Lawyers Say Workers’ Comp Retaliation Claims Are Increasing

Posted on February 25th, 2016 by admin@compwork

According to an article in Business Insurance (September 14, 2015), injured employees are more likely to win retaliation claims because comp cases have a lower burden of proof and there is empathy for the injured worker. It is not only the termination of an employee that triggers a claim; it could be any employment action […]