A common topic of discussion is the workers’ comp audit. Either through the horror stories of friends or self experience, you’ve heard the terrible tale of the large comp audit. You’re now keenly tuned in to the payrolls and exposures on your work comp policy vowing never to let this happen to your organization again (or ever)!
Perhaps you’ve even transitioned to a “pay as you go” program to virtually eliminate the chance of an audit bill.
But… and there always seems to be a but. What about your liability policy? While you find yourself plugging the holes in one area, don’t forget the GL policy is often an auditable policy like the WC. Don’t make the mistake of assuming that since you’ve notified your carrier or broker of accurate payrolls for the workers’ compensation policy, those same updates translated to your liability policy! You might be surprised to learn otherwise and we already know, that’s rarely a good thing.
Keep track of your liability policy exposures just as you do on the WC!
Ever thought of not complying with your work comp insurance audit? In years past failure to comply with an audit might have caused an estimated audit with exposures inflated by 50% and some carriers were forgiving enough to process non compliant audits with no additional payroll increases. With the new changes you may want to reconsider unless you’re ready for a potential 200% increase in exposures!
Does your policy have the endorsement WC 00 04 24?
2016-14: Audit Noncompliance Charge for WC Policies
NCCI has established an Audit Noncompliance Charge Endorsement (WC 00 04 24) that will be included on all new and renewal workers’ compensation policies effective January 1, 2017. The endorsement enables an insurance carrier to apply an Audit Noncompliance Charge to a workers’ compensation policy if the policyholder does not comply with the annual premium audit of their records. When attached to policies, the endorsement will include the estimated annual payroll (in the Basis of Audit Noncompliance Charge section) and the annual premium multiplier that may be applied for noncompliance (in the Maximum Audit Noncompliance Charge Multiplier section).