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Safe at Home: Workers’ Compensation for Remote Employees

by Tim AustinMay 28, 2020 8:00 AM

Over the years, remote work has become increasingly more common. According to SmallBizGenius, the number of people who work from home has increased by 140 percent from 2005 to 2019 – and that rate has probably grown even more as a result of the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak. In fact, Global Workplace Analytics estimates that up to 30 percent of the entire workforce will work from home at least a couple times a week by the end of 2021.

While technological advances make it easier for employers to provide work-from-home privileges to employees, it does lead to a good question: How does workers’ compensation apply to employers who work from home? Whether your employees are temporarily working from home or are full-time telecommuters, it’s important to understand exactly how workers’ compensation applies to remote employees (and what you should do protect you and your workers).

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Who Needs to Carry Workers’ Compensation Insurance in Tennessee?

by Sharee AndradeMarch 2, 2020 8:00 AM

Like any other state, Tennessee has it’s own particular rules when it comes to workers’ compensation. The Volunteer State has specific compliance standards for acquiring coverage. Here’s what small business owners in Tennessee need to know about workers’ compensation.

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How to Handle Payroll For Out-of-State Employees

by Tim AustinFebruary 17, 2020 8:00 AM

It’s already difficult to manage payroll for a small business, but it can get even trickier if you have employees who work out of state. Whether you have remote employees, live near a border, or have any other reason for an employee to complete their work in a different state, there are certain rules set by the Department of Labor (DOL) and other federal and state agencies that you need to follow when handling payroll for those workers.

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Workers’ Compensation Claims: A Tale of Two Cases

by Thomas AmatoApril 30, 2019 11:01 AM

Broken bones, muscle strains, burns, cuts, and lacerations—injuries at work happen all too frequently. According to the National Safety Council, a worker is injured on the job every seven seconds.

Does your organization have a workers’ compensation strategy? As a small or mid-size business, you might think you have it under control and can brush it under the rug until the unfortunate happens. Or, perhaps the very fear of “what if” keeps you up at all hours of the night.

Either way, business owners have a lot to lose when they don’t have the resources to properly handle a workers’ compensation claim. See what you can learn from these two real-life stories involving workers’ compensation claims below.

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How a Nurse Case Manager Can Help Reduce the Cost of Workers’ Compensation Claims

by Christine HorvathFebruary 22, 2019 1:38 PM

What do you do when a worker gets injured on the job? It’s important to make sure your employees are protected in the case of a job-related injury, while also making sure that your business is protected. 

Every company is susceptible to workplace injuries. In 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported about 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries, ranging from slips, trips, and falls to muscle strains.

As an employer, finding ways to contain costs in all areas of your business are crucial, but there is a fine line between saving money and ensuring the health and recovery of your employees in these situations. One way to set yourself up for the best possible result of a workers’ compensation claim is to utilize a nurse case manager.

 A nurse case manager can help reduce the cost of worker’s compensation claims.

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Workers Compensation Rates to Drop in North Carolina: What it Means for Small Business Owners

by Alexa KrostDecember 10, 2018 8:00 AM

A culture of workplace safety not only helps protect you and your employees from avoidable accidents, it can also benefit your business financially. Costs associated with workers’ compensation rates can add up over time, but preventative measures can help businesses save their hard-earned money.

One place that has seen the benefits of reduced fees is North Carolina. Business Insurance reported that two states announced workers’ compensation rate reductions in 2019, led by a 17.2 percent drop for the Tar Heel State. What could have caused this and how does it affect small business owners? Here’s what you need to know.

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What is a VSSR (Violation of a Specific Safety Requirement)?

by Tim AustinAugust 1, 2017 8:00 AM

Workplace safety oversights can be expensive mistakes for employers. When an injury occurs and a claim is made, the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) will come down hard on an offending business if they determine it is at fault. Depending on the situation, employers may also find themselves dealing with a VSSR, another violation that can lead to additional penalties.

Image of saftey equipment. Learn what a VSSR is and how it can cost your business.

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To Insource or to Outsource: That is the Question

by Hanna JohnstoneFebruary 24, 2017 8:00 AM

Why did you start your business? Maybe because you are good at doing something. Maybe because you can offer a service that not many others can.

You worked hard to grow your business, to show everyone why they should use your company for their needs. You are a professional, and nobody knows your business better than you do. So why would you ever consider outsourcing back office tasks to a PEO if you can do them yourself?

At the end of the day, we all want the same thing: to be successful. Sometimes, to succeed we need to embrace the fact that we can’t always do everything ourselves.

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How Winter Can Affect Workers' Compensation Claims

by Tim AustinJanuary 19, 2017 8:00 AM

Snow and ice is nothing new for people in the Midwest, but winter weather still creates plenty of headaches each year. While many people have to deal with heating bills, bad road conditions, and frighteningly large icicles that ominously hang overhead, winter weather can pose a few other problems for business owners.

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An Injured Employee Tests Positive for Drugs… Now What?

by Jeff CostinJuly 16, 2015 8:00 AM

Unfortunately, confirmation alone of a positive test for drugs or alcohol is not solely enough to obtain a denial of a workers’ compensation claim. Per Ohio statute (ORC 4123.54), there are several specific qualifications that must be met prior to the ultimate denial of a claim.  

There are four “statutory hurdles” that an employer must clear in order to have a claim denied in which the claimant tested positive for illegal substances:

Learn the four hurdles an employer must clear in order to have a claim denied in which the claimant tested positive for illegal substances.

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