Workers’ Compensation Insurance Policy & Law in Wisconsin

For those who run a business, there are a million things to do every day. The last thing you want is to have to worry about how much your business insurance will cost. You know it’s important to have workers’ comp coverage — and likely even required by state law — but how can you know what it will cost so that you can fit it into your business’s budget? Even better, how can you be proactive and help keep your workers’ compensation rates low? 

Here, we’ll go over what affects workers’ comp rates, provide steps you can take to help lower your premiums, and describe how to request a quote quickly so you can get the coverage you need and get back to doing what you do best — running your business. 

The Benefits of Workers’ Comp

Before we dive too deeply into which factors affect workers’ compensation rates (and to keep your rates as low as possible!), let’s first discuss why it’s important to have this type of business insurance coverage. First and foremost, it’s required by law for most states. Avoiding workers’ comp insurance coverage for your employees can result in penalties such as fines, stop-work orders, or even jail time. 

Secondly, workers’ compensation helps to cover the costs associated with an on-the-job injury or illness, such as: 

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Disability
  • Death benefits
  • Funeral expenses
  • Legal expenses

Required or not, coverage is helpful for both you and your employees in the event a workplace injury or illness occurs. What you’ll pay in annual workers’ comp premiums will most likely be less than you would be held responsible for if even one employee gets injured or ill while on the job.

Factors That Affect Workers’ Comp Rates

The cost of workers’ comp coverage depends on a variety of factors unique to your business as well as the rates set by the state for the jobs your employees do. How much you need to set aside for workers’ comp is determined based on the following factors: 

  • Location of your business
  • Workers’ compensation class codes
  • How much you spend on payroll
  • Workers’ compensation claims history
  • Risk mitigation

Steps You Can Take to Help Lower Workers’ Comp Premiums

When it comes to specific steps you can take to help lower your workers’ comp premiums, there will be some factors that are out of your control. Things like where your business is located, how many employees you have, and the industry your business operates in are all factors that will affect your premiums but likely cannot be changed. However, there are steps you can take around your workers’ compensation claims history and risk mitigation strategies to potentially help lower your rates. This is because insurers look highly upon businesses that prioritize workplace safety and have a lower history of serious injuries. 

You can potentially help lower your rates by mitigating the number of incidents experienced by your employees, and in turn, the number of serious workers’ comp claims your business has. Some things that can help include: 

  • Conduct in-depth onboarding and training for each employee
  • Offer employee training programs on safety
  • Follow industry best practices regarding proper safety techniques
  • Have clear safety protocols that are strictly enforced
  • Reduce job hazards by creating a safe working environment
  • Investigate accidents thoroughly when they occur to see what led to the event
  • Quickly report injuries or illnesses when they occur, and ensure that employees receive necessary medical attention as soon as possible

While it is impossible to completely prevent occupational injury or disease, setting your team up for safety and success can have a huge impact, not just on your workers’ comp premiums but also (and more important!) on the well-being of your employees. When you enact safety plans to mitigate claims and potentially lower your workers’ comp rates, you’re also making your business environment a safer place to work — it’s a win win!

Where Can I Get Workers’ Compensation For My Wisconsin Business?

We offer workers’ compensation to businesses no matter where you are in Wisconsin. If you are located in Door County, Northern Highland, or Central Plain, we’ll help you protect your Wisconsin employees.

If you need workers’ comp coverage for your Wisconsin business, you can purchase a policy through any private insurance company, agent, or broker that is licensed to operate in the state. So even if you aren’t in any of the following cities, know that we can still help you:

  • Milwaukee
  • Madison
  • Kenosha
  • Green Bay

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The information provided is intended to provide a general overview. This information is not legal advice and should not be relied on as such. Cerity® makes no warranties for the accuracy, adequacy, or completeness of the information provided, and will not be responsible for any actions taken based on the information contained herein. If you have legal questions or need legal advice, please consult an attorney.