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Addressing drug-related workers’ compensation costs with drug testing, P.4

This is part four in a series of posts addressing the topic of drug-related workers’ compensation costs. In previous posts, we’ve discussed the potential impact of drug abuse on workers’ compensation costs and some of the requirements and benefits of participating in the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation’s Drug-Free Safety Program.

Addressing drug-related workers’ compensation costs with drug testing, P.3

In a previous post, we mentioned that employers who participate in the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Drug-Free Safety Program are eligible for workers’ compensation premium rebates. The rebate rate, as we noted, depends on the level of participation an employer selects.

Addressing drug-related workers’ compensation costs with drug testing, P.2

Previously, we began looking at the topic of drug and alcohol abuse in the workplace and the costs it can have for employers, particularly with respect to workers’ compensation expenses. One of the tools employers can use to address the problem of drug abuse in the workplace is drug testing.

Addressing drug-related workers’ compensation costs with drug testing, P.1

Workers’ compensation insurance is something all employers are required to carry, and there are penalties and consequences for failing to carry insurance coverage. For employers, then, workers’ compensation is one of the necessary costs of doing business, but it is also important for employers to do what they can to control workers’ compensation costs.

Work with experienced legal counsel to fight workers’ compensation fraud

In our last post, we looked briefly at some of the ways employees, and insurers as well, can reduce their workers’ compensation costs. As we noted, improving workplace safety and training, early reporting of accidents, implementing return to work and vocational rehabilitation services, and subrogation are all ways workers’ compensation costs can be reduced.

Looking at some ways to reduce workers’ compensation costs

For injured employees, workers compensation benefits are an important source of support after a serious workplace accident. This is particularly true of cases where an employee suffers permanent injuries that will impact his or her ability to return to the same work. As important as these benefits are for employees, though, employers also have an interest in managing workers’ compensation costs.

4 reasons an injury may not be covered by workers' compensation

Workers' compensation protections are critical to employers and employees across Florida. These laws allow injured workers to get coverage for their medical bills and lost wages when they are injured, and they protect employers from being sued by employees.

Workers' comp apps help employers improve safety, manage claims

As smartphones become more and more prevalent to our everyday lives, phone apps are entering the market that offer employers workplace safety and workers' compensation management tools. These products aim to improve safety communication between employers and employees and to streamline the workers' compensation process.

Workplace injuries cost U.S. employers $59 billion per year

As any employer can probably tell you, workplace accidents can affect worker productivity and the bottom line. According to Liberty Mutual, work-related injuries and illnesses cost U.S. employers a total of $59.87 billion in 2014, which is the latest statistically-valid data available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the National Academy of Social Insurance.