Year-End Workers’ Compensation Review
As the year comes to a close, it’s a great time to do a workers’ comp year-end review. Why? Because details about your company, like your number of employees, likely changed since the beginning of the year.
Whether you hired more employees or downsized, a year-end review helps ensure you start the next year off with the right amount of coverage. It can also help you make sure you're not overpaying for workers' compensation insurance coverage.
Completing a year-end review doesn't have to be hard. In fact, if you have good documentation, it should be easy. Take a look through your claims, processes and insurance policy and keep these questions in mind:
How many claims of sick or injured workers did you make over the past year?
How many claims were processed or denied in the year?
What changes can you make to improve the process?
Do you need different coverages moving forward?
Are you ready for an audit if it happened today?
For example, if you notice your company made a large number of workers' comp claims, you may want to look into creating a safer work environment. Or, if you're worried about an audit, you may want to make some changes to your processes.
Because so much can change with your small business in a short amount of time, you should do workers’ comp reviews at the end of each year. You can coordinate your workers’ comp review at the same time as your team members’ year-end performance reviews. This creates a pattern and helps remind you to do both.
What Should I Look for in a Workers’ Comp Review?
Most states have workers’ compensation laws requiring certain businesses to carry coverage. If your small business changed in the past year, it's likely your insurance coverage needs did, too. If you hired more employees because your business grew, chances are you need more workers' comp coverage.
It’s a good idea to know how much workers’ compensation insurance coverage you need for the new year. As you go through your review, check your state's laws to see what it requires for workers' comp insurance.
As you look at your past year's claims, try to identify trends. Did more workplace accidents happen during a certain point in the year? Were certain types of employees getting hurt or sick from their job more often? These insights can help you create a safer workplace for your employees, which can reduce claims in the new year.
Your year-end review should also include a look at your process for filing a workers’ compensation claim to make sure your employees know how. The review is also a good time to check if your business has the correct policies in place for federal programs, such as the Family Medical Leave Act and Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Hartford Advantage for Workers’ Compensation
Workers’ comp can be confusing at times. At The Hartford, we try to make things as easy as possible for you. We designed our workers' compensation insurance to give you and your employees the tools and resources you need every step of the way.
Workers’ compensation insurance from The Hartford comes with these added benefits:
Pay-As-You-Go billing solutions to help you manage your cash flow by making smaller payments throughout the year.
Nursed Back to Health program, which gives your employees access to nurse case managers to help coordinate care.
Preferred Medical Provider Network with over 1 million providers to help treat work-related injuries or illnesses.
Prescription drug features, which include access to over 65,000 pharmacies to fill prescriptions, typically with no out-of-pocket costs.
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Small businesses like yours have trusted us as their workers’ compensation insurance company for over 100 years. We understand your small business and its unique needs, and we’re here to help you every step of the way. Get your workers’ comp quote