Workers’ compensation insurance covers medical costs and lost wages for work-related injuries and illnesses. This policy is required in almost every state for businesses that have employees.
If an auditor suffers a slip-and-fall injury in the office, or your top tax preparer develops carpal tunnel, medical bills can pile up quickly. Workers’ compensation insurance can pay for an injured employee’s medical expenses and partial missed wages. It can also protect the employer if an employee files a lawsuit related to workplace negligence.
Workers’ compensation provides coverage in three primary areas:
Workers’ compensation can help pay for an injured employee’s:
Employer’s liability insurance, which is typically included in a workers’ comp policy, provides protection when an employee decides to sue the owner of a tax preparation company, financial advice firm, or other company. Even if the employer is not at fault for the injury, an accusation of negligence could result in a costly legal battle.
Employer’s liability insurance can help cover:
The amount you pay for workers’ compensation is a specific rate for every $100 of your payroll. Your premium is determined by the type of work done by your employees (classification rate), your experience modification rate (claims history), and payroll (per $100).
The formula is:
Classification rate x Experience modification rate x (Payroll / 100) = Premium
Each state has its own unique set of laws for workers’ compensation requirements. Finance and accounting businesses in New York, for example, are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance for every employee, including part-time workers. Alabama businesses, on the other hand, are only required to carry workers’ compensation when they have five or more employees.
Independent contractors, sole proprietors, and partners aren't required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. However, it's still a good idea to carry this policy for financial protection against work injuries, which health insurance might not cover.
In certain states, finance and accounting businesses must purchase workers’ compensation insurance through a monopolistic state fund. Those states are:
If you purchase workers’ comp through a monopolistic state fund, it may not include employer’s liability insurance. However, you can purchase it from a private insurer to fill this gap in coverage.
Employees who only work in offices are still at risk of injury. In any workplace, an employee could slip on a wet floor or trip over equipment. An on-the-job injury can lead to an insurance claim – and a rise in your premium.
Business owners can manage risks by providing safety training and developing a safe work environment. For example, eliminating office clutter can reduce the risk of slip-and-fall injuries. Taking these steps could reduce workplace injuries along with insurance rates.
Workers’ compensation insurance offers protection for your employees and to some extent your business, but it doesn’t provide coverage for all risks. Finance and accounting business owners should also consider:
General liability insurance: This policy covers common risks in the finance industry, such as customer slip-and-fall injuries and damage to client property.
Professional liability insurance: Also called errors and omissions insurance, this policy can cover professional mistakes, such as a tax preparer missing a filing deadline.
Cyber liability insurance: This policy helps businesses survive data breaches and cyberattacks by paying for recovery expenses and other associated costs.
Fidelity bonds: Also called employee dishonesty bonds, fidelity bonds compensate clients if an employee steals from them. They're often required by client contracts.
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