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Temporary Agencies and Your Workers Compensation

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Temporary Agencies vs. Workers Comp

Temporary agencies or temp agencies have long affected the WC rating system.

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Another of the major concerns when I spoke at the NC Mid-State Safety Council quarterly meeting was temporary agencies.

The three main concerns I have with temp agencies are:

  • In the past temporary agencies would open and close every three years to avoid an experience rating or E-Mod calculation. This harms the way the Workers Comp system is supposed to work. By not having an E-Mod besides 1.0, the temporary agencies that had a horrendous claims history paid no more than the safer ones.
  • If the temps working for you do not have Workers Comp coverage due to the temp agency lapsing their policy, the TEMP EMPLOYEES WILL BE YOUR RESPONSIBILITY due to the ladder of insurance – see last post.
  • You may not know the policy/cert has lapsed or had voids in coverage. There is no mechanism to inform you of the lapse.

Employers have unwittingly been on the hook for major claims, as the temps are now covered by their policy. One way to upset an insurance carrier is to have coverage for employees that were not counted in your payroll. Your company may likely face a cancellation in this situation.

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James Moore

Raleigh, NC, United States

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James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Mgmt Consultants, Inc. in 1996. J&L’s mission is to reduce our clients’ Workers Compensation premiums by using time-tested techniques. J&L’s claims, premium, reserve and Experience Mod reviews have saved employers over $9.8 million in earned premiums over the last three years. J&L has saved numerous companies from bankruptcy proceedings as a result of insurance overpayments.

James has over 27 years of experience in insurance claims, audit, and underwriting, specializing in Workers’ Compensation. He has supervised, and managed the administration of Workers’ Compensation claims, and underwriting in over 45 states. His professional experience includes being the Director of Risk Management for the North Carolina School Boards Association. He created a very successful Workers’ Compensation Injury Rehabilitation Unit for school personnel.

James’s educational background, which centered on computer technology, culminated in earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA); an Associate in Claims designation (AIC); and an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM). He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a licensed financial advisor. The NC Department of Insurance has certified him as an insurance instructor. He also possesses a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science.

LexisNexis has twice recognized his blog as one of the Top 25 Blogs on Workers’ Compensation. J&L has been listed in AM Best’s Preferred Providers Directory for Insurance Experts – Workers Compensation for over eight years. He recently won the prestigious Baucom Shine Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer contributions to the area of risk management and safety. James was recently named as an instructor for the prestigious Insurance Academy.

James is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the North Carolina Mid-State Safety Council. He has published two manuals on Workers’ Compensation and three different claims processing manuals. He has also written and has been quoted in numerous articles on reducing Workers’ Compensation costs for public and private employers. James publishes a weekly newsletter with 7,000 readers.

He currently possess press credentials and am invited to various national Workers Compensation conferences as a reporter.

James’s articles or interviews on Workers’ Compensation have appeared in the following publications or websites:

  • Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS)
  • Entrepreneur Magazine
  • Bloomberg Business News
  • WorkCompCentral.com
  • Claims Magazine
  • Risk & Insurance Magazine
  • Insurance Journal
  • Workers Compensation.com
  • LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites
  • Various trade publications

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