Unanticipated workers' compensation insurance increases can be costly to your bottom line. While some aspects of work comp are out of your control, there are steps that your business can take to save money and lower workers' compensation insurance costs.

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Analyze Estimated Annual Payroll Totals Carefully

Your premiums are closely tied to your estimated annual payroll costs. Looking closely at your estimated annual payroll costs will help you find ways to lower workers' compensation insurance. You should do your best when estimating, but you are not expected to have exact figures, either. 

Overestimating your payroll can result in overpayment of your workers' compensation insurance, and there is no guarantee that you will get this money back. Underestimating your payroll figures can result in owing a large sum in overpaid premiums!

Examine Detailed Employee Payroll Reports Regularly

Always use correct workers' comp job codes for employees. Job codes can vary greatly, and you could be paying too much or too little in if your employees are not coded correctly. 

For example, an employee who performs roofing and trim carpentry work will cost you more if you code him only as a roofer - the rate is much higher. You can lower workers' comp insurance costs by coding his carpentry time correctly. 

For audit purposes, keep accurate records. Never over report at lower rates, this is considered fraud.

PEOs are trained and educated to calculate your work comp premiums accurately

A PEO's Payroll Specialists Can Help

Sometimes, the simplest solution is to outsource your payroll tasks. Skilled Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs) are trained to calculate your work comp premiums accurately

A PEO company will not just calculate your state's workers' compensation amounts- they are set up to automatically withdraw the funds due to pay the work comp premiums and will actually write and send the check on your behalf.

Use A PEO To Lower Workers' Compensation Insurance 

Professional Employer Organizations can make your role as an employer even easier. You can relax and spend more time focusing on your business and the actual management of your employees.

PEOs handle the responsibility and burdens of worrying about high work comp costs and in many instances, they can drastically lower workers' compensation insurance premiums.

Some PEO companies specialize in reduced rates on workers' comp insurance for contractors

ELQ Finds the Right PEO For You

Since 2001, employers have used ELQ to find the right PEO for their business. 

Each PEO is different- some specialize in reduced rates on workers' comp insurance for construction and contractors, others specialize in offering affordable group healthcare plans. 

Our PEO expertise and outstanding customer service makes us the best in the industry. Give us call or fill out our quote request form to get started.

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About the Author: Mike Burgelin

With two decades of experience in the PEO Employee Leasing industry, Mike Burgelin is an expert in helping business owners maximize their growth potential through the outsourcing of human resources and payroll tasks. He is also a fully licensed insurance agent, whose skills and knowledge in workers’ compensation insurance help his clients save over $40 million in premiums each year.