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Your Workers Comp Premiums Overcharged

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Another way to know you been overcharged on your Workers Comp Premiums. The following is a prime example of a Monopolistic Workers Comp State Fund not providing the proper service to their insureds. If a carrier or fund of any type is mailing out or applying refunds, this means that the employers were charged too much premium when their original policy was written and then again at the year-end payroll audit.

The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) began mailing dividend checks last week to 100,000 employers as the final step of a process to return excess funds from the state’s workers’ compensation system. Another 28,000 employers will receive credit toward their next workers’ compensation premiums. The remaining 11,000 employers will have their dividends applied to premiums already owed or other debts.

Last year, employers and workers enjoyed a partial workers’ comp rate holiday, according to L&I Director Judy Schurke. Employers and workers saved more than $300 million in workers’ compensation premiums by not having to pay Medical Aid fund premiums during the second half of 2007.

To complete the rate holiday, employers who did not participate in L&I’s Retrospective Rating Program are also entitled to a one-time dividend. Retro employers receive their proportionate share through their retrospective rating assessments.

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The dividends will total $37 million, and dividends will average $266 per employer. How much an individual employer receives will be based on the Accident Fund premium he or she paid in the second half of 2007. Checks will be sent to 100,000 employers in amounts ranging from $10 to several thousand dollars. About half the checks will be between $10 and $100. Another 28,000 employers will have their next-quarter premiums credited.

About 11,000 employers who owe workers’ comp premiums or may otherwise have a debt with L&I or other agencies may see their dividends applied to those debts rather than receive a check directly. An employer will be notified if a dividend is applied to debts

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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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