Workers Comp in 2023
Why do you need Workers Compensation Insurance?
Accidents happen. In every business, a worker can be injured on the job. It could be as simple as someone lifting a box that’s too heavy, or something falls off a high shelf and strikes an employee. Maybe an employee slips on a wet floor or trips on an exposed electrical cord. Simple, everyday accidents and occurrences that could happen anytime, anywhere, to anyone.
What is Workers Compensation Coverage?
Worker’s comp is a system that provides medical care and income protection to employees who are injured or become ill from their job1. It is required in almost every state for businesses that have employees2.
In the healthcare industry, worker’s comp can cover medical costs and lost wages for healthcare workers who are exposed to COVID-19 or other occupational hazards3. Some healthcare employers may also offer hazard pay or other incentives for workers who have an increased risk of exposure to COVID-194.
Worker’s comp carriers can also play a role in improving the quality and efficiency of care for injured workers by adopting value-based care models, outcomes-based analytics, and preventive care strategies5. These approaches can help reduce healthcare costs, improve employee productivity, and increase client satisfaction.
Who purchases Workers Compensation Insurance?
Employers purchase Workers Compensation Insurance. Most states allow employers to buy insurance from independent insurers but a few require they purchase insurance from a state-controlled fund. The cost of workers compensation insurance cannot be passed on to employees.
Do Employers Have to Purchase Workers Compensation Insurance?
Workers’ compensation insurance is required for all employees, with limited exceptions, in most states. There are penalties for lack of coverage. Depending on your state law, you may be required to pay fines; some daily, some punitive. If an employee is injured, your state may require you to pay for the claim yourself and then tack on additional fees. The penalty in some states may even include business shut-down depending on the circumstances. Check your state law for specifics in your state.
1 Center for Disease Control, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Workplace Safety and Health Topics, Healthcare Workers https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/healthcare/default.html