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Is A Payroll Audit Dispute Worth Your Company’s Time And Effort?

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Payroll Audit Dispute And NCCI

Is a Payroll Audit Dispute worth our time?  How long do we have to dispute the premium audit results that we just received?  Should we call in NCCI to do an inspection?

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We have often seen where the insurance carrier tells the employer that they have ten days to pay or dispute an audit when sending an audit billing. Most State Rating Bureaus and the NCCI allow a dispute up to 30 days after receipt of the audit results. That does not mean the receipt of the billing if a notice of audit adjustment has preceded the billing.

Calling in your State Rating Bureau or the NCCI and disputing the audit may cost your company more than it is worth. It is usually best to dispute the audit with the insurance carrier. If you call in NCCI, you will have to pay for the inspection, which can be expensive.

What happens if the NCCI causes your rates to be ever higher after their inspection? You can possibly cost your company even more Workers Comp premiums. There are certain times such as these to call in an expert such as J&L to examine the premium audit.

If you have a legitimate disagreement with your company’s final audit, the first person to contact is your agent.   Please remember that your policy and Rate Bureau rules usually require the employer to make the written dispute.    

The dispute should not come directly from your agent.  The agent should help you with your dispute.    Always follow what is in your policy.  Watch the time limits you have to dispute a premium audit.  Do not just file it away to get to it later down the road.   Take action as soon as possible.  The clock starts ticking when your receive the audit bill.  

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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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