Can You Ask About Prior Work Comp Claims In An Interview?

We are asked this question often by our 100+ staffing clients when they are trying hard to curb abuse and fraud.  Here is what the EEOC says:

“An employer may ask questions about an applicant’s prior workers’ compensation claims or occupational injuries after it has made a conditional offer of employment, but before employment has begun, as long as it asks the same questions of all entering employees in the same job category.”– 2017

We suggest that you proceed carefully when incorporating this type of applicant question into your interviewing process. This information may help you keep your work comp costs low, and avoid work comp fraud.

Visit our web site at www.StaffingCompSolutions.com, call us at 202-302-1212, or email us at david@StaffingCompSolutions.com for more information about all our staffing and workers’ comp offerings.

Sincerely
David Schek
President
StaffingCompSolutions.com

Marijuana Use is Causing More Work Comp Accidents

One of the unintended consequences of legalized marijuana is an increase in workplace accidents– and it is making it even harder to find qualified applicants.

This article below explains the impact marijuana is having in the workplace. 10 States have already legalized it and more are planning to in the next 3 years. In fact, job applicants in those 10 states are flunking drug tests at higher rates than the national average, according to Quest Diagnostics Inc.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/legalized-marijuana-gives-hiring-managers-a-headache-11553346000?mod=hp_featst_pos2

This is an important issue that Work Comp Staffing Solutions will be following for you in 2019 and beyond.
Visit our web site at www.StaffingCompSolutions.com, call us at 202-302-1212, or email us at david@StaffingCompSolutions.com for more information about all our staffing and workers’ comp offerings.

Sincerely
David Schek
President
StaffingCompSolutions.com

Top 7 Safety Tips Which Can Lower Your Work Comp Costs

Staffing companies mostly call us looking for lower rates and new work comp programs. While we enjoy using our 30 years of staffing work comp expertise to find lower cost programs, the key to keeping costs low is to use “best safety practices” with all your clients.

Here are 7 safety tips which should help you and your employees:

  1. Know the hazards at each site.
  2. Reduce workplace stress.
  3. Get up and move. Take breaks!
  4. Pay attention to ergonomics.
  5. Use safe lifting techniques.
  6. Ensure employees wear personal protective equipment.
  7. Encourage employees to speak up about unsafe working conditions

Visit our web site at www.StaffingCompSolutions.com, call us at 202-302-1212, or email us at david@StaffingCompSolutions.com for more information about all our staffing and workers’ comp offerings.

Sincerely
David Schek
President
StaffingCompSolutions.com

State Fund or Employer of Record (EOR) For Work Comp–What Are The Differences?

As the premier work comp broker for staffing companies in the US, we are often asked about the differences between these 2 work comp options.

Here is a link to a short animated video that compares these 2 work comp solutions.

Click to view: https://youtu.be/ZgaJuFYRnGA

Visit our web site at www.StaffingCompSolutions.com, call us at 202-302-1212, or email us at david@StaffingCompSolutions.com for more information about all our staffing and workers’ comp offerings.

Sincerely
David Schek
President
StaffingCompSolutions.com

How Long Do I Need To Keep Workers Compensation Injury Records?

As President of Work Comp Staffing Solutions, the nation’s leading staffing work comp brokerage, I am often asked by clients how long work comp records need to be kept. Unfortunately, there is no one answer since the regulations are state specific. Generally, workers’ compensation injuries fall under the auspices of two organizations: the state’s workers’ comp division and the U.S. Occupational and Safety Health Administration– OSHA.

While OSHA requires a minimum of five years (with some exceptions) each state is different.

Visit our web site at www.StaffingCompSolutions.com, call us at 202-302-1212, or email us at david@StaffingCompSolutions.com for more information about all our staffing and workers’ comp offerings.

Sincerely
David Schek
President
StaffingCompSolutions.com

Work Comp Fraud Does Not Pay

If you use a State Fund or Private Carrier Policy for your work comp program, it is critical that you report all your payroll during an audit.*

Aileen Ramirez of Quality Employment Services LLC found out the hard way about under reporting payroll during a California State audit. Ramirez under reported $2.8 million dollars of payroll over 2 years resulting in a loss to the State Fund of $525,253.58 in insurance premiums. She was charged as a felon and had to reimburse the State for that amount. She received 3 years probation and is now a felon.

*Employers of Record (EOR’s) and Professional Employer Organizations (PEO’s) do not perform audits, since they are “pay as you go” programs.

Visit our web site at www.StaffingCompSolutions.com, call us at 202-302-1212, or email us at david@StaffingCompSolutions.com for more information about all our staffing and workers’ comp offerings.

Sincerely
David Schek
President
StaffingCompSolutions.com