Every employer should maintain the important goal of reducing work-related injuries to their employees as much as possible. Not only is this the ethically and morally right step, but it can prove to help an employer with their bottom line. By taking steps to reduce work-related injury, an employer may be able to reduce the workers’ compensation premiums paid, the risk of serious and willful claims, or the risk of a 132a issue arising. There are some good steps that any employer can take to reduce his or her business’ workers’ compensation costs and liability for future costs.
First, almost all employers are required to maintain workers’ compensation insurance in the state of California. There are some exceptions, but by and large, failure to adhere to this requirement can result in hefty penalties, both civil and criminal, for an employer. Like shopping for health insurance or life insurance, a business owner should get more than one quote for workers’ compensation insurance. Getting competitive quotes can help to reduce the ultimate cost of insurance premiums.
Second, an employer must pay special attention when submitting insurance information. This is two-fold. An employer must first be accurate when submitting information to the insurance company to purchase the policy, as well as keep the information updated. Moreover, when submitting information about any work-related injury to the insurer, the employer must also be certain to submit accurate and detailed accounting of what happened, together with the necessary paperwork and witness statements. Although an employer may be initially convinced that not reporting all his or her employees for the premiums or maybe omitting certain details of an injury will help reduce the up-front cost, this is fraud and can ultimately cost the employer much more in penalties. It can also end up resulting in no insurance at all to help with the costs.
Third, an employer can implement a good, solid safety program. Some employers choose to set up safety committees made up of employees, to help create safety policies as well as help implement safety programs. Rotating the members on the committee as well as making changes to a safety program on a regular basis can help keep the program fresh and keep employees from becoming complacent.
Finally, an employer can create an incentive program to adhere to safety standards. Financial bonuses, trips, or extra time off for meeting certain safety goals can help create a work-place atmosphere that encourages adhering to safety standards.
If you have questions about how you can reduce your business’ workers’ compensation costs and liabilities, contact me today at (714) 516-8188. We can discuss your business and what we can do for its financial future.