As Workers Compensation rates in Florida soar, with more potential double digit rate increases looming, small businesses are trying to find creative ways to cut their costs on workers compensation coverage. The end result can be very costly for the business owner. Some people are trying a new, creative way to cut costs and that is to report lower than actual payroll, so that the initial cost will be lower. There are agents out there that will allow this, and will sometimes encourage it to get your business in the door. Don’t do it. It is a trap!
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I don’t safety standards allow this anymore!
Here is a brief introduction into Worker’s Compensation Insurance
Q. What is Worker’s Compensation Insurance?
A. Everyone who owns a business with even a single part-time employee needs Worker’s Comp! Worker’s Comp is an amazing product that essentially voids an employee’s ability to sue an employer for negligence/liability in the event of a workplace injury. It provides a stated limit of liability for employer negligence and unlimited coverage for covered workplace injury treatment. If an employer doesn’t have Worker’s Comp they are risking their business. Absent coverage employees may directly sue their employer. Everything from keyboard induced Carpel Tunnel Syndrome to catastrophic accidents are covered.
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Julie and Jason have an umbrella!
Q. What is Umbrella Insurance and do I need it?
A. Liability Umbrella policies are incredibly valuable and affordable protection needed by individuals and business, alike. Your primary policies – home/car/boat/business owner’s/worker’s compensation/commercial automobile/etc. – provide an initial layer of liability protection. This primary coverage is often maxed out at $300,000 – $500,000 for individuals and $1,000,000 for businesses. Umbrellas can come with many different coverage limits, but the most common limits are $1 million, $2 million and $5 million. Insurance is designed not only protect your current assets, but it also aims to protect your future earning potential against wage garnishments and judgments that a major claim may give rise to. Umbrellas extend your liability protection beyond your primary coverage. Simply put, someone with $500,000 primary liability and a $1 million umbrella effectively has $1.5 million in protection (within the bounds the policies involved). Umbrellas can sometimes even provide additional coverage that your primary insurance does not.
Whether or not you buy an umbrella policy is up to you, but for guidance call your agent!