Workers Compensation Dividends

I just heard that the Maine workers' compensation insure MEMIC is no longer paying dividends to former policyholders.  So, if you leave MEMIC you lose your dividend payment for the years you were a MEMIC insured. To those not with MEMIC in every other state, be sure you know what you are giving up if you change workers' compensation … [Read more...]

Can You Save Us Money?

Prospective clients often ask if I can really save them money. This week I got a workers' compensation renewal from an agent. I sent an email back with three ideas. The result was a $22,000 savings to my client.Another client came to me with a quote from their agent for a new building. (A BIG building.) I spent ten minutes on the phone with the … [Read more...]

Workers’ Compensation – One Code Does It ALL For Banks

Several times in the past month I have looked at bank workers' compensation policies and found the bank employee classification (8855 in most states) and another code for building maintenance. No. Said another way, Nooooooooo! If your workers' compensation policy shows more than the bank code (again, code 8855 in most states), ask your … [Read more...]

Pandemic Workers’ Compensation Payroll – Nonworking Workers

Insurers and rating bureaus are recognizing that some employers are paying workers to not work in the pandemic. (Yes, the world is upside down.) As they are not working, they can not get injured. With no chance of loss, it makes sense to exclude the non-working-workers' payroll from the calculation of workers' compensation premiums. It looks … [Read more...]

Personhood and Insurance

Many states currently have on the books or are considering laws that give legal "person" status to a fetus/unborn baby.  I make no judgment here on the ethics or morality of one position over another. I raise the issue of insurance... A pregnant employee is in a work-related car accident and the baby dies. Is the baby covered by workers … [Read more...]

ABA Insurance Services – Property, Liability, Auto, Workers’ Compensation, Umbrella Insurance For Banks

A bank's agent just sent me a quote for Property, Liability, Auto, Workers' Compensation, Umbrella, REO Property... I am very impressed.  The price is very good compared to other standard lines insurers and the coverages are great. Nice work ABA. I'll be sending more banks your way on these lines of insurance. Info Here … [Read more...]

Workers’ Compensation and Employers Liability

A client asked about the difference in workers' compensation and employers' liability.   Workers' Compensation is the state-mandated health insurance, disability insurance, and life insurance coverage employers buy to cover employees in employment-related injuries and sickness.   Employers' liability is for lawsuits arising out of the … [Read more...]

Bank Workers’ Compensation Code Change

Most states have moved to the new workers' compensation classification for banks. Unfortunately, not all insurance companies seem to be using the code.  Pull out your workers' compensation policy.  It should show all your payroll in a single code.  For most states, that will be "Code 8855 Banks, All employees." If your workers' compensation … [Read more...]

Oregon Workers’ Compensation Study – 2014 Edition

The results of the 2014 Oregon Workers’ Compensation Premium Rate Ranking study are in, and the summary is available. (Download Here) Each year the good people of Oregon fund a study that compares the workers' compensation rates of the states.  It's a good guide to judge the cost of workers' compensation around the US. … [Read more...]

Employee Volunteer Work Causes Coverage Question

A question from a bank client about employees volunteering. I hope you are well.  I have an interesting question for you. If an employee is off under our volunteer paid time off policy and happens to get injured, what is the Bank’s liability (if any) and what insurance would potentially pay out? This did not happen, we are just curious as to how … [Read more...]