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What It Is

It’s “on-the-job” insurance for injured workers.

Workers’ comp provides benefits to your employees for work-related injuries or illnesses. This includes medical care, wages from lost work time, rehab, disability benefits and survivor or death benefits.

Did you know?

Laws about workers’ comp vary by state. Ask your agent about the specific laws in your state.

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Protects your business if you're sued.

An important part of what you get with workers’ comp is Employer’s Liability. This helps protect your business against lawsuits from your employees or their family members for on-the-job injuries or illnesses.

May give you short-term coverage in other states.

If you have a new or temporary operation in another state, you’ll need to get workers’ comp in that state. Check with your agent, as you may be able to get short-term coverage there to help you in the transition.

"I never thought about what would happen if one of my people really got hurt. It's a wake-up call."

A look at on-the-job incidents, by the numbers.

Effective safety and accident prevention programs can decrease injuries, illnesses and lost time on the job.

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Why You Need It

Health insurance is not a substitute.

When one of your employees gets hurt on the job or has a work-related illness, only workers’ comp will cover them. Health insurance won’t even consider the expenses, like your employees’ pay or medical deductibles.

Did you know?

Some workers’ comp policies may provide more coverage for the same price. Talk to your agent, or to us.

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You don’t want to be held personally liable.

Without workers’ comp you may be held personally liable for the cost of your employees’ medical care for a work-related injury or illness. And even their wages while they’re out recovering.

Protects you in a lawsuit.

If one of your workers gets hurt on the job and their family decides to sue you, workers’ comp is there to help you with legal fees, loss of earnings and more. Some policies provide more legal coverage for you than others so compare and get the most you can.

Speaking of the law...

There’s one more reason why you need workers’ comp - it’s the law for most businesses. In fact, you may be fined or even jailed for not having it.

What if one of your workers was out for a few weeks?

Without workers’ comp you may have to cover lost wages. Roll over the list for an idea of one week's pay for different professions.

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Who It Covers

Full-time, part-time — maybe even you.

The laws vary by state, but full-time and part-time employees are covered by workers’ comp and in some states business owners, partners and officers may be covered too.

Did you know?

Coverage is available for workers injured while traveling on business outside of the state where they normally work.

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Who’s required to get workers’ comp?

Usually if you have at least one employee you need to get workers’ comp. In some states, the business owner (you!) is considered an employee, which means you’ll need it.

Subcontractors, 1099’s.

It’s really important you find out whether your subcontractors are considered employees. Your state and the IRS may have a different definition of “employee.” If you’ve issued your sub, or anyone else, a 1099 they still may be eligible for coverage under your workers’ comp. Talk to your agent or give us a call to learn more.

"I started my business last year after I was laid off from my job and found out I needed workers comp, even though it was just me."

What is the least productive time of day for your employees?

Take a guess and see what senior managers had to say when they were surveyed.

Good Try. Encourage breaks, exercise, even a nap to boost productivity.

Well Done! Encourage breaks, exercise, even a nap to boost productivity.


Following a dream...through his love of ice cream

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Rates are based on three key factors.

It depends on the business you’re in, your workers’ comp track record and how that compares to other companies in the same business. And finally, it depends on how much you pay your people.

Did you know?

Ask your agent if your workers’ comp policy will reimburse you for certain expenses like loss of earnings if you get sued.

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Safety pays.

Something else that can impact your cost is “credits and debits.” In most states, insurance companies apply these to your premiums. The good news is that you may qualify for a credit, which will reduce your premium. Credits may be available for things like workplace safety programs, even teaching your employees the right way to lift boxes. When you put safety first, your employees will be better off and so will your bottom line.

Quick reporting pays too.

When you immediately report an on-the-job injury you“ll reduce the ultimate cost. That’s because the sooner your employee gets the right medical care, the sooner they get better and get back to work. Another plus to your bottom line.

"I figured as long as I had to get workers comp, and the prices were about the same, I may as well buy the best I could."

Will your workers return to the job after being out?

If your employee has been out of work for more than 12 weeks, because of a work-related injury or illness, what chance do they have of returning to their job?

Hmm, No, Sorry!

Unfortunately, less than 50% return.

So be sure to report injuries immediately to get the care your workers need to get back to work as quickly as possible.

That's Right!

Less than 50% return.

So be sure to report injuries immediately to get the care your workers need to get back to work as quickly as possible.

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Yep, a snooze will do a world of good.

Tired workers don’t perform well and are subject to more injuries. Encourage your employees to take a nap and you’ll be rewarded many times over.


Best time is from 1pm to 3pm

How long?

30 minutes or less


Improves motor skills, reaction time, alertness, perceptual skills

Case in point:

A 30 minute nap for a pilot = 16% improvement in reaction time. Another pilot not napping? 34% decrease over a long-haul flight.

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Report it right away, big or small.

The best thing you can do for your employees - and for you - is to immediately report all on-the-job injuries or work-related illnesses. This will help them get the care they need and protect you in case their small cut with a few stitches turns into something much bigger down the road.

Did you know?

Thanks to Team-Work, The Hartford gets injured workers back on the job six days earlier than without this unique approach.

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Network of care.

While the rules in each state vary, many states require your employee to stay in an approved network of caregivers. These folks have the expertise needed to get your workers back on their feet as quickly as possible.

Claims expertise makes all the difference.

How an insurance company handles a claim could impact the life of one of your workers - forever. Is there a comprehensive approach to care? Will your insurance company stand by your employee, and you, for the long run? What about productivity, employee morale? And your future premiums? Now is the time to find out, not when something happens.

"One of my people slipped and messed up their ankle last year. That's when I realized an insurance company could make claims really easy - or really hard. Find out who makes it easy!"

Which is the most stressful job?

Not A Bad Guess!

It may not be #1 but it's one of the top ten.

Very Impressive!

You're absolutely correct. Next time you see a firefighter say "thanks!"

  1. Firefighter
  2. Senior Corporate Executive
  3. Taxi Driver
  4. Surgeon
  5. Police Officer
  6. Commercial Pilot
  7. Highway Patrol Officer
  8. Public Relations Officer
  9. Advertising Account Executive
  10. Real Estate Agent

Think your choice of an insurance company doesn’t matter? Watch this.

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An audit is a good thing. Really.

The purpose of an audit is to make sure you’re paying the right premium so that you don’t pay too much or too little. The result may even be a refund.

Did you know?

Safety programs, including ergonomically designed workstations, may lower your premiums.

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How it works.

Your premium is based on an estimated payroll amount at the beginning of the policy term. Audits occur after your policy term. An auditor verifies your actual payroll along with your job classifications either at your place, via email or over the phone.

Real-time reporting.

Find out if your insurance company offers a payment service based on actual payroll. That means you’ll pay as you go and your premiums won’t be based on an estimated amount. This can improve your cash flow, reduce guesswork and make the end of the policy term a snap.

We let him focus on what's important – his business, not ours.

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How to Buy It

Your choice today could last a lifetime.

Having workers’ comp may not be a choice. But who you get it from is. Ask questions, compare coverage and look at reputation. Your decision could make the difference in the life of your employees.

Did you know?

54% of the costs of claims are for medical expenses. Who you select to manage those claims is critical.

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What to look for when you’re looking.

You can buy workers’ comp directly from an insurance company or through an agent. Whichever way you go, make sure the company is reputable and financially secure. Look at their approach to caring for your employees, and your business. Compare policies. Ask about credits for safety programs. Find out if there are pay-as-go premiums to help manage your cash flow.

You have choices for the Employer’s Liability part.

A workers’ comp policy includes Employer’s Liability. If you already have other business liability policies in place, you may choose to select a more modest amount of Employer’s Liability. Ask your agent for options.

"My bookkeeper found out that I could pay my premium based on real payroll instead of the estimated ones I did in the past. That's been a big help."

Not all workers’ comp policies are the same.

Does your policy offer payment of these extras at no additional cost?

  • Loss of earnings
  • Cost for bonds, appeal bonds
  • Litigation costs
  • Interest on judgments
  • 60 days of coverage for new operations

The Hartford gives you these on most
workers’ comp policies. Talk to us.

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10 good things to ask about workers' comp

Talk to your agent or The Hartford

1.What are the state-specific rules and regulations?
Workers’ comp is different in every state. Ask about the laws in your state.
2.How many employees do you need before workers’ comp is required?
Ask about owners, subcontractors and other types of employees such as those you’ve issued 1099’s.
3.Is there short-term coverage in another state?
If you’re going to move or set up temporary operations in another state, find out if you can get short-term coverage in that state.
4.How do safety programs impact rates?
Most companies will apply a “credit” to reduce your premium if you have safety programs in place.
5.Explain how past history impacts rates.
Your track record, called “experience modification”, compares you to other companies in your business for claims. The process varies by state, so ask.
6.Can the amount of Employer’s Liability be adjusted?
This comes with your worker’s comp. You may be able to increase or decrease the amount based on your needs.
7.Explain how employees are cared for after a claim is submitted.
This may be one of the most important aspects of workers’ comp. Ask about each phase of the care and recovery.
8.Is there real-time payroll reporting?
Premiums are usually based on estimated payroll. Real-time reporting lets you pay as you go.
9.Which extras, above the basic minimum, are offered at no extra cost?
Ask if the policy will pay for loss of earnings, costs for bonds and appeal bonds, litigation costs, interest on judgments. Will it give you 60 days of coverage for a new operation?
10.What is the reputation of the insurance company?
Are they A-rated? Ask your agent or go online. Are they reputable, financially secure with a long history? Do they handle claims quickly?
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