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Your Company’s Work Comp Classification Codes Are Important

Your Work  Comp classification codes are very critical to your premiums.

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We have received quite a few inquiries over the last few weeks about Classification Codes during premium audits by the insurance carriers. The Classification Codes are not SIC codes. However, there is some correlation between the Classification Codes and the SIC or NAIC codes. Classification codes are often called Class Codes, or NCCI Codes or State Rating Bureau codes.

One of the main red flags to look for in any premium audit by the insurance carrier is that the Classification Codes were changed or new ones were added at audit. This is a true red flag. It may be your best course of action to seek out a specialist in this area such as J&L when this happens. You are likely being overcharged on your premiums in this case.

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The premium auditors do not know your business as well as you do. Like most insurance company employees, auditors are under time constraints and pressures. They may not have the time to study your business and to see all of the job functions in detail. As I have said very often, do not blame the individual premium auditor – blame the Workers Comp insurance system as a whole.

If you feel something is wrong – a gut feeling that your workers compensation program may be in error, then that should be considered another type of red flag.  I have written many articles and spoke on the subject many times – your gut feeling as a Risk Manager, company owner, or in charge of your insurance  – is always the best measure of whether something is amiss or not. 

Start asking questions if you think your company has the incorrect work comp classification codes. 

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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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