10 good things to ask about workers comp

1. What are the state-specific rules andregulations?

Workers’ comp is dierent in every state. Ask about the laws in your state.

2. How many employees do you need before workers’ comp is required?

Ask about owners, subcontractors and other ypes of employees such as those you’ve issued 1099’s.

3. Is there short-term coverage in another state?

If you’re going to move or set up temporary operations in another state, find out if you can get short-term coverage in that state.

4. How do safety programs impact rates?

Most companies will apply a “credit” to reduce your premium if you have safety programs in place.

5. Explain how past history impacts rates.

Your track record, called “experience modification,” compares you to other companies in your business for claims. The process varies by state, so ask.

6. Can the amount of Employer’s Liability be adjusted?

This comes with your workers’ comp. You may be able to increase or decrease the amount based on your needs.

7. Explain how employees are cared for after a claim is submitted.

This may be one of the most important aspects of workers’ comp. Ask about each phase of the care and recovery.

8. Is there real-time payroll reporting?

Premiums are usually paid up-front based on estimated payroll. Real-time reporting is based on actual payroll and lets you pay as you go.

9. Which extras, above the basic minimum, are o-ered at no extra cost?

Ask if the policy will pay for loss of earnings, costs for bonds and appeal bonds, litigationcosts, interest on judgments. Will it give you 60 days of coverage for a new operation?

10. What is the reputation of the insurance company? Are they A-rated? Ask your agent or go online. Are they reputable, financially secure with a long history? Do they handle claims quickly?

10 good things to ask about workers comp

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