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.
Teaching sports and fitness always involves physical risk. If an instructor at your yoga studio sprains a muscle, or a personal trainer develops a work-related back injury and requires surgery, your business could end up responsible for the medical bills.
Workers’ compensation insurance can pay for an injured worker's medical expenses as well as partial missed wages.
Typically included in a workers’ comp policy, employer’s liability insurance provides protection when an employee decides to sue a business owner over a work-related injury.
Employer’s liability insurance can help cover:
Even if a lawsuit is found to be without merit, you could find yourself paying for a costly legal defense if not properly insured.
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
Each state has its own laws for workers’ compensation requirements. For example, every fitness business in New York must carry workers’ compensation insurance for its employees – even a single part-time worker. However, business owners in Alabama are only required to carry workers’ compensation when they have five or more employees.
Sole proprietors, independent contractors, and partners don’t have to carry workers’ compensation insurance, but you can purchase this policy to protect yourself, too. It's a good idea to carry this coverage, as health insurance can deny claims for injuries related to your job.
In certain states, sports and fitness 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 probably won't include employer’s liability insurance. However, you can buy stop gap coverage from a private insurer to gain this protection.
Employees in the sports and fitness industry are at high risk for injuries. If an instructor is injured on the job, it can lead to an insurance claim, which will most likely bump up your workers' comp premium.
At any fitness business, you can mitigate risks. For example, you can create a safer work environment with:
Taking these steps should reduce workplace injuries, which can result in lower insurance premiums.
Workers’ compensation insurance offers protection for your employees and to some extent your business, but it doesn’t provide coverage for many common risks. Sports and fitness business owners should also consider:
General liability insurance: This policy covers expenses related to customer injuries and property damage. It also covers advertising injuries, such as an accusation of slander from a competitor.
Business owner's policy (BOP): 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: This policy covers legal expenses related to work mistakes, such as a client injury caused by improper training. It's also called errors and omissions insurance or E&O.
Are you ready to safeguard your sports and fitness business with workers’ compensation or another type of insurance? Complete Insureon’s easy online application today. Once you find the right policy, you can begin coverage in less than 24 hours.