Workers Compensation Information
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Workers compensation laws were created to ensure that employees who are injured on the job are provided with fixed monetary awards. This eliminates the need for litigation and creates an easier process for the employee. It also helps control the financial risks for employers since many states limit the amount an injured employee can recover from an employer.
Workers Compensation Insurance is designed to help companies pay these benefits. As a protection for employees, most states require that employers carry some form of Workers Compensation Insurance. Workers Compensation Insurance is not health insurance. Workers Compensation is designed specifically for injuries sustained on the job.
In most states, if you have employees, you are required to carry Workers Compensation coverage. Even in non-mandatory states, it can be a very good idea, particularly if you have many employees, or if they are engaged in hazardous activities.
Do I need workers compensation insurance?
Employers have a legal responsibility to their employees to make the workplace safe. However, accidents happen even when every reasonable safety measure has been taken.
To protect employers from lawsuits resulting from workplace accidents and to provide medical care and compensation for lost income to employees hurt in workplace accidents, in almost every state, businesses are required to buy workers compensation insurance. Workers compensation insurance covers workers injured on the job, whether they're hurt on the workplace premises or elsewhere, or in auto accidents while on business. It also covers work-related illnesses.
Workers compensation provides payments to injured workers, without regard to who was at fault in the accident, for time lost from work and for medical and rehabilitation services. It also provides death benefits to surviving spouses and dependents.
If you are a non-construction business with 4 or more employees, including owners that have not filed exemptions, you are required to carry Workers Compensation coverage for your employees.
If you are a construction industry business with just 1 employee, not including any owners, you are required to carry Workers Compensation coverage for your employees.
The Florida state statute contains specific criteria to be met in order to be considered an "Independent Contractor". Be sure to check this criteria to ensure you are in compliance with Florida Workers Compensation laws.
Workers compensation insurance must be bought as a separate policy. Although in-home business and business owners policies
(BOPs) are sold as package policies, they don't include coverage for workers' injuries.
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