Audit Workpapers – Are They Important To Employers?

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Audit Workpapers Are Important To Employers In All Cases

The Audit Workpapers are important to your Workers Comp premium reduction program.   Worksheets prepared by the Workers Comp premium auditor, can be either hand-written or computerized, showing how the auditor arrived at the payroll numbers that are used to determine the audited premium. 

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As the insured, you have the right to see all of your premium auditor’s workpapers including if any checklist is used by the auditor. Almost all workpapers are presently computerized and usually in spreadsheet form.

Many times the workpapers answer most of the questions that an employer has concerning the just-completed workers compensation audit.  

If you have questions after reviewing the audit workpapers, most premium auditors welcome questions on the audit.  It is critical to keep a copy of the auditor’s contact information.  

Most auditors use a template provided by the insurance carrier of freehand them on Excel (r).   J&L Risk Management always requests the documents from employers if we help them review their premium audits.  

Employers should request the workpapers from the premium auditor immediately if none were left at the conclusion of the audit.   This request should be in writing, preferably email.  See the premium auditor Term of the Day (c) for more info on interacting with the auditor.  

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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:

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