A challenge to employers to do right by their employees and how this can reduce workers’ comp costs.
Martin Luther King, Jr. is a civil rights icon. He was assassinated in 1968, the evening before a protest in support of striking garbage workers.
The U.S. Congress has designated the third Monday of each January as a federal holiday. This year it falls on January 15, 2018 and is to be used as a national day of service.
We are dedicating this blog post to ways employers can do right by their employees and save money at the same time.
1. Create a health and wellness plan
Studies have shown that health and wellness plans reduce workers’ comp costs for employers. Healthier employees tend to recover more quickly and get back to work sooner. It also improves company morale and retention.
2. Invest in safety equipment and training
Small investments in safety equipment and training pay big dividends. The best way to reduce workers’ comp costs is to avoid injury in the first place. Employee safety should always come before company profits.
3. Allow prompt medical care
We have seen employers drag their feet when someone gets hurt at work. Many disputes could have been avoided if medical care was provided. Employees just want to get better and move on with their lives.
4. Start wage loss benefits without delay
Michigan law provides wage loss benefits to individuals who cannot work. This is a lifeline for employees who live paycheck to paycheck.
5. Design a return to work program
Consider offering light duty to employees hurt on-the-job. This is work within an employee’s restrictions that poses no threat to health and safety. Give an employee the chance to be productive despite his or her limitations.
Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers never charges a fee to evaluate a potential case. Our law firm has represented injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Call (844) 201-9497 for a free consultation today.
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