- 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 your tech employees
From IT consultants to software developers, employees in every IT industry can suffer work-related accidents. Consequently, your tech business could be exposed to financial losses and litigation if you are held responsible. Workers’ compensation insurance provides coverage in three primary areas:
- Employee work injury and illness expenses
- State law compliance
- Employee injury lawsuits
What coverage can workers’ compensation insurance provide for IT businesses?
Employee work injury and illness expenses
If an employee suffers a work injury or develops an occupational illness, your business can be held responsible for their well-being. Workers’ compensation insurance helps cover:
- Medical bills
- Ongoing care
- Missed wages during recovery
- Death benefits for fatal incidents
Employee injury lawsuits
Employer’s liability insurance is typically included in a workers’ comp policy. It provides protection when an employee decides to sue a business owner over an injury.
Employer’s liability insurance can help cover:
- Attorney’s fees
- Court costs
- Settlements or judgments
Without insurance, you might have to pay for a costly legal battle – even if the suit is frivolous.
How much does workers' compensation insurance cost for IT 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 technology companies
Each state has unique laws regarding workers’ compensation. For example, every technology business in New York must carry workers’ compensation insurance for its employees – even part-time workers. However, Alabama businesses are only required to carry workers’ compensation when they have five or more employees. In most states, tech companies are required to provide workers’ comp as soon as they hire their first employee.
While self-employed or independent contractors, sole proprietors, and partners don’t have to carry workers’ compensation insurance, you can purchase a policy to protect yourself, too.
Learn more about workers’ compensation laws in your state.
Monopolistic state funds
In certain states, IT 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 buy it from a private insurer to fill this gap in coverage.
Lower workers’ comp costs with risk management
Even if your employees are in an office all day, they aren’t immune to harm. One of the most common work accidents is a slip or a fall that causes injury. When an employee is injured at work, it can result in an insurance claim and a hike in your premiums.
Whether you’re the owner of an SEO / SEM consulting firm or a web design agency, you can manage your risks by providing safety training and developing a hazard-free work environment. Taking these steps could reduce workplace injuries along with insurance rates.
Other important policies for IT businesses
Workers’ compensation insurance offers protection for your employees and to some extent your business, but it doesn’t provide coverage for all risks. Owners of small technology companies should also consider:
General liability insurance: This policy can cover expenses related to client injuries and property damage, along with advertising injuries like slander. Technology businesses can often bundle it with property insurance for savings in a business owner’s policy.
Technology errors and omissions insurance: This policy is critical for IT consultants and other professionals whose work depends on their expertise. Also called professional liability insurance, it can cover lawsuits related to a professional error, such as a mistake that causes a client’s server to crash.
Cyber liability insurance: While technology E&O covers third-party cyber liability, you may want to invest in first-party cyber liability insurance to protect your own company’s data, such as clients’ credit card numbers.
Fidelity bonds: IT companies are often privy to sensitive client data. This means an employee could jeopardize your business through unlawful access, theft, or fraud. Fidelity bonds safeguard your business against employees who engage in certain criminal acts.
Commercial auto insurance: This policy is required for business-owned vehicles. It can cover property damage and medical bills in an accident involving your IT company vehicle, along with theft, vandalism, and weather damage.
Get free quotes and compare policies
Are you ready to safeguard your web design firm, technical writing business, or IT business with workers’ comp insurance? Complete Insureon’s easy online application today to compare quotes from leading U.S. carriers. Once you find a policy that fits your needs, you can obtain coverage in less than 24 hours.