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How Temporary Staffing Firms Save on Workers’ Compensation Insurance

By February 27, 2020 No Comments

Nearly every business needs workers’ compensation insurance. The type of coverage and amount of premium vary among different industries. Because temporary staffing agencies place workers in a variety of different industries, this can become complicated. In fact, it becomes particularly complicated when insurance carriers restrict certain class codes. This ultimately makes the yearly insurance renewal more complex and frustrating.

 

To prevent the annual insurance song and dance (and panic!), best-in-class temporary staffing agencies should consider joining a workers’ compensation captive program. For temporary staffing agencies who prioritize safety and perform better than their industry counterparts, they see a more stable premium over time. In PEC, members are rated based on their own loss history, which often means dividends in the long run for those with fewer claims.

 

How are PEC members able to pay a stable premium?

 

They stay up-to-date on safety regulations.
Temporary workers are more likely to be hurt on the job than the full-time employees they work with. Because of this, elite temporary staffing agencies prioritize safety training for temporary workers tailored to the industry in which they will be or are working.

 

They perform quality background checks.
Running a comprehensive background check on every temporary worker can help weed out candidates who may pose a risk where they are placed. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission allows for temporary workers to have background checks and often encourage it.

They drug test temporary workers.
Temporary workers who use illicit substances are a serious danger to themselves and others. Eliminating candidates who test positive for such substances prevents injuries that are more likely if someone is under the influence.

 

They partner with the best workers’ compensation claims advocates.
Eastern Alliance, PEC’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier, act as claims advocates on each member’s behalf. They handle them proactively and use best practices to save members money by getting employees back to work sooner.

On average, working with Eastern Alliance means:

  • Claim costs are 40% less
  • Medical costs are 30% less
  • Claims are handled faster
  • Employees get back to work 4.9 weeks faster