Spiraling medical costs and persistent claims volume makes it a major cost factor in running a business - - a cost factor that can lead managers to think that the organization is literally throwing money away No feature of running a business on the HR side is more important than this multi-dimensional benefit - - one that can no longer be left to the risk managers and the claims adjusters.
HR practitioners today MUST be part of a team that:
helps make workers comp claims disappear "before they happen".
is actively involved with claims that occur, working closely with supervisors, safety executives, risk managers and insurance reps.
designs and implements HR policy and procedure that identifies and eliminates comp claim risks.
treats workers comp as a personnel issue, not an insurance or risk management issue.
This section of the your HR law file looks at the law and the special problems that can cost you dearly in economic and employee relations terms. There are many sides to this folder, including discussion of a way out for cost-burdened employers: group self insurance.