- Workers' compensation insurance
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.
Workers’ comp protects employees at your professional services business
From law firms to tutoring agencies, no professional services business with employees is immune to injury. A lawyer could slip on an icy walkway and suffer a concussion, or a tutor could trip at a student’s home and break a wrist.
When an employee is injured, workers’ comp helps pay for medical expenses, lost wages during recovery, and more.
Workers’ compensation can help pay for an injured employee’s:
- Immediate medical costs, such as an ambulance ride
- Ongoing medical costs, such as physical therapy
- Partial lost wages due to time away from work
Workers’ compensation protects business owners against lawsuits
Typically included in a workers’ comp policy, employer’s liability insurance provides protection when a career coach, translator, travel agent, or other employee decides to sue a business owner over an injury.
Employer’s liability insurance can help cover:
- Attorney's fees
- Court costs
- Witness fees
Even if a lawsuit is found to be frivolous, without proper coverage, you could find yourself paying for an expensive legal battle.
How much does workers' comp cost for professional services businesses?
The amount you pay for workers’ compensation is a specific rate based on every $100 of your business’s payroll. Your premium is determined by the type of work done by your employees (classification rate), your experience modification rate (claims history), and your payroll (per $100).
The formula is:
Classification rate x Experience modification rate x (Payroll / 100) = Premium
State laws set workers’ comp requirements for professional services businesses
Workers’ compensation requirements differ from state to state. For example, law firms in New York must carry workers’ compensation insurance for their staff, including part-time employees. However, Alabama law firms are only required to carry workers’ compensation when they have five or more employees.
While self-employed or independent contractors, sole proprietors, and partners don’t have to carry workers’ compensation insurance, many still choose to purchase this policy for the protection it offers.
Find workers' comp requirements in your state
Monopolistic state funds
In some states, professional services businesses must purchase workers’ compensation insurance through a monopolistic state fund. Those states are:
If you purchase workers’ comp through a monopolistic state fund, your policy might not include employer’s liability insurance. You can purchase this insurance from a private insurer to fill the coverage gap.
Lower workers’ comp costs with risk management
At any office, a worker could trip on a power cable or slip on a recently mopped floor. Whether you’re the owner of a medical billing company or a translation business, you can create a safer work environment with:
- Employee safety training
- Prompt cleanup of spills
- Elimination of hazards, such as clutter and uneven flooring
By managing your risks, you can decrease workplace injuries. That means fewer claims – and a lower insurance premium.
Other important policies for professional services
Workers’ compensation protects your employees and to some extent your business, but it doesn’t cover all risks. Other recommended policies for professional service providers include:
Business owner's policy: This policy bundles general liability insurance with commercial property insurance, often at a lower premium than if the policies were purchased separately.
Professional liability insurance: Also known as errors and omissions insurance, this policy can help cover legal expenses if a professional services business is sued for unsatisfactory work.
Cyber liability insurance: This policy helps businesses survive data breaches and cyberattacks by paying customer notification costs and other related expenses.
General liability insurance: This policy can cover expenses related to third-party injuries, property damage, and advertising injuries for professional services businesses.
Get free quotes and compare policies with Insureon
Are you ready to safeguard your law firm, publishing business, or talent agency with workers’ compensation or another type of professional services insurance? Complete Insureon’s easy online application today. Once you find the right policy, you can begin coverage in less than 24 hours.