What Is A Short Rate Penalty For Workers Comp Policies?

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The Short Rate Penalty Can Be Significant 

A short rate penalty is applied by insurers when a Workers’ Compensation insurance policy is cancelled by the insured before the expiration date of the policy. In the early days of the policy this penalty is steep. It will gradually taper off the closer the policy gets to the expiration date.

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The workers compensation insurance industry created the short rate penalty to prevent an insured from having a large accident or a spate of accidents and then moving to another policy without any type of financial penalty.   The insured hopping from one policy to another is monetarily discouraged heavily.  This offsets the insurance carriers from having to assume uncompensated risk.  

NCCI, WCIRB and the other rating bureaus have a chart that covers how carriers are to charge for short rate penalties.   Cancelling a policy within the first two months will cause a large premium penalty.   Likewise, canceling in the last two months of a policy incurs a comparably smaller penalty.

An insurance carrier may rarely allow an insured to cancel out of a policy without facing this penalty.    Moving to a new carrier on policy renewal will avoid any type of short rate penalty.  

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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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