Workers compensation insurance has a dual role. It protects your business as well as all of its employees. Workers compensation insurance in California covers the following benefits for employees who suffer a work-related injury or illness1:
Workers compensation insurance in California does not cover the following:
States require businesses to purchase the insurance, so business owners in the pool and spa industry need to know what, specifically, it covers.
Workers Comp Protects Your Business
If an employee is injured at work, your business has no obligation to pay a worker who is absent and accepting weekly compensation payments. The employee who accepts workers comp payments relinquishes the right to sue your company and cannot claim damages for pain and suffering.
Workers Comp Protects Your Employees
The basic benefit is disability pay, up to a state-specified cap. This can sustain your sidelined staffer with weekly, tax-free income, generally about 2/3 of the average worker’s normal pay. Workers comp also covers:
What If the Worker Is at Fault?
Workers compensation insurance covers accidents caused by carelessness, regardless of who’s at fault. That said, states can have employees tested for drugs or alcohol use and can refuse to pay benefits if the accident happened while an employee was impaired.
There is no coverage for self-inflicted injuries, for employees hurt after starting a fight, or accidents that happened while a staff member flouted a company policy or a law.
Do All Small Businesses Need This Coverage?
Even if you own a small business and your state exempts employers with only a few employees, workers compensation insurance has value. Independent contractors are sometimes considered staff, especially if paid hourly, in the eyes of the state Workers’ Compensation Board or the courts.
Independent pool service owners get CPA discounts on workers comp insurance coverage, plus a variety of other insurance plans.
Joining CPA is easy. We look forward to receiving your application and helping you determine your insurance needs
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