Big Data was a BIG Deal at NAPEO’s Risk Management Conference

Last week’s Risk Management Conference hosted by our friends at NAPEO was a huge success! For those that weren’t able to attend click here to access the Big Data presentation that was presented by the following individuals:

  • James Benham / JBKnowledge
  • Paul Hughes / Libertate Insurance Services
  • Kristin Meeker / CCMSI
  • Chase Pettus / gradient A.I.

NAPEO’s Risk Management Conference Ready to Invade Nashville on March 6th and 7th!

NAPEO’s annual Risk Management Conference is right around the corner! It’s a must see conference for those interested in risk management and other related areas of focus. Click here to access the agenda. Below are presentation topics:

  • Workers’ Compensation Rate Update
  • Crime Insurance
  • Big Data
  • Cyber Security
  • PEOs and Cannabis
  • Payroll Fraud

Libertate is proud to be a sponsor of this wonderful conference. We hope to see you there. If attending, we would love to buy you a drink and talk about insurance, data and the PEO industry!

Paul – phughes@libertateins.com

David – dburgess@libertateins.com

Sharlie – sreynolds@libertateins.com

NCCI Reveals Its Focus on 5: Insurance Executives’ Top Concerns for Workers Compensation in 2019

https://www.ncci.com/Articles/Pages/Insights-Focus-on-5.aspx

Focus on 5: Top Challenges for the Workers Compensation Industry

Every year for the past decade, the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) has surveyed carrier executive leaders* in the workers compensation industry to better understand their market perspectives, needs, and challenges.

Key findings from NCCI’s survey of 109 insurance company leaders are included in our Focus on 5—a list of top carrier concerns viewed as impactful to our industry.

2019 Focus on 5 Topics

This year’s Focus on 5 is made up of familiar, interrelated topics from years past:

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Adapting to the Changing Workforce and Workplace

What they said: More than half of insurer executives interviewed saw adapting to the changing workforce and workplace as a challenge for 2019. They expressed concern not only over new and changing risks associated with an aging workforce, unskilled workers, independent contractors, and new technology, but with assessing these and other unknown risks.

What they’re doing: Insurers spoke of addressing these changes through underwriting and analytics, by developing new products, and by adapting pricing and underwriting. Some mentioned reaching out with public campaigns and employer education programs to promote a safer workplace.

Maintaining Profitability and Premium

What they said: Insurers are concerned about their ability to maintain profitability and premium levels that may be affected by changes in loss cost trends, legislation, and the economy.

What they’re doing: Many insurers are taking a hard look at premium levels and underwriting to remain competitive. Some are seeking opportunities to develop new products and new markets. Others are putting tighter controls on expenses and looking for greater efficiencies through technology.

Medical Costs, Advances, and Determining Appropriate Care

What they said: Medical costs, advances, and determining appropriate medical care are mentioned as major concerns and challenges by more than a quarter of the leaders interviewed. While rising costs remain a concern, insurers have somewhat “baked them in” to their expectations.

What they’re doing: Industry stakeholders closely monitor medical advancements to help maintain appropriate care for injured workers and improve return-to-work outcomes. Some insurers are introducing a variety of programs that go well beyond just paying for injuries, with an enhanced focus on workers’ overall health.

Political, Regulatory, Legislative, and Legal Environment

What they said: Insurers continue to be concerned about political volatility and the impact of new legislation. Compared to years past, however, there were fewer mentions of concern over federal involvement in the industry.

What they’re doing: The executives and their organizations stay close to the issues by monitoring legislative activity and working closely with trade groups.

The Future of the Workers Compensation Industry

What they said: Most of the challenges and concerns expressed going into 2018 remain relevant in 2019. The future of the workers compensation industry, opioid abuse and medical marijuana, and advancements in technology are all top of mind. New concerns for worker safety are tied to the hiring of more unskilled workers, distracted drivers, and the challenge of “under the influence” workers.

NCCI Insights—Exploring Our Focus on 5

NCCI prides itself on fostering a healthy workers compensation system. NCCI’s research, publications, and events offer content that anticipates and responds to the needs of insurers, regulators, and other key industry stakeholders.

Throughout 2018, NCCI addressed many of the challenges and concerns that make up this year’s Focus on 5:

Changing Workforce/Workplace

Maintaining Profitability and Premium

Medical Costs and Advances

Political, Legislative, Regulatory, and Legal Environment

The Future of Workers Compensation and Related Topics

NCCI plans to expand on its Focus on 5 topics and more at its Annual Issues Symposium 2019—Powered by Insight, May 13–15, in Orlando. We hope to see you there!

Visit NCCI’s recently enhanced INSIGHTS portal at ncci.com/INSIGHTS for additional information and to access the full inventory of the organization’s research.

*NCCI’s Annual Carrier Executive Study is conducted by an independent survey provider. Interviews are conducted with Workers Compensation Insurance Carrier or State Fund executives and senior managers. The 2018 interviews that contributed to these 2019 results reflect responses from 109 such leaders.​This article is provided solely as a reference tool to be used for informational purposes only. The information in this article shall not be construed or interpreted as providing legal or any other advice. Use of this article for any purpose other than as set forth herein is strictly prohibited.


Libertate/RiskMD Merge with Ballator Group

ORLANDO, December 18, 2018 / PRNewswire / —

IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  RiskMD and Libertate Insurance merge with Ballator Insurance Group

Ballator Insurance Group (“BIG”) and Libertate Insurance/RiskMD have merged to combine forces in support of insurance placements and data management for Professional Employer Organizations (“PEO’s”).  BIG and its senior management team have created multiple risk-bearing entities with specialization in “governmental entities”, “not for profits” and “automotive dealers”.  Libertate is a general agency focused on the property and casualty insurance needs of the PEO industry and RiskMD manages data based on a recently patented process.

“The combination of these entities is truly accretive” according to the head of Libertate, Paul Hughes.  “I have known the management team of Ballator for many years and we share common values, beliefs and vision.  They are going to be a tremendous influence in the next chapter of supplying best of class capacity, data management and professional consultation to our PEO clientele.  Our combined capabilities allow us to go very deep in what we are able to offer whether as an insurance agent, a due diligence/data consultant or overall trusted advisor.  Our resources are now greater  than ever before.”

According to Ballator CEO Shane Caldwell, “We are very excited about the the addition of Libertate to the Ballator group of companies. Libertate’s specialty focus and RiskMd’s innovative technology will prove to be a great enhancement for our team members and clients.” 

The combination of Libertate’s premiums with that of B.I.G. brings overall property and casualty premiums under management to close to $200m.

Florida comp rate cut 13.8% in commissioner’s final order

It’s official…effective January 1st, workers’ compensation rates in Florida will decrease by -13.8%.  We will share the new rates as soon as we get our hands on them.

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Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier has issued a final order for a 13.8% workers compensation rate decrease for 2019.

This applies to both new and renewing workers comp policies effective in the state as of Jan. 1, according to a statement issued on Friday by the Office of Insurance Regulation.

The final rate reduction is slightly larger than the 13.4% decline submitted by the National Council on Compensation Insurance in August.

Workers compensation rates in the state have been significantly impacted in recent years by two major court decisions: in Marvin Castellanos v. Next Door Co. et al., the Florida Supreme Court ruled 5-2 that Florida’s mandatory attorney fee schedule was unconstitutional while in Bradley Westphal v. City of St. Petersburg, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the state’s 104-week cap on temporary total disability benefits was unconstitutional.

Tennessee Insurance Commissioner Approve 19% Comp Rate Cut

It’s official…comp rates in Tennessee will be dropping -19% as of 3/1/19.  See more below from Business Insurance News.

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Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak has approved a 19% reduction in workers compensation rates in the state.

The 19% reduction was recommended by the National Council on Compensation Insurance in August and the commissioner approved the decrease on Oct. 31, according to a statement issued by the department on Monday. The reduction will become effective on March 1.

Previous reductions of 12.6% and 12.8% were approved for 2018 and 2017, respectively, according to the statement.

Rate reductions have been attributed to reforms of the state’s workers comp system and fewer significant workplace injuries, according to the statement.

NAPEO Presentation: The PEO Industry Footprint in 2018

After many hours and much hard work, the folks at NAPEO, with their research partners at McBassi & Company, have completed a detailed analysis of the PEO industry footprint as of 2018.  Because there is no government entity which tracks data specific to PEO, NAPEO takes it upon itself to gather and maintain this data for the benefit of all every few years.  I recently had the pleasure of attending a webinar during which they reviewed and discussed their findings published in their latest white paper titled An Economic Analysis: The PEO Industry Footprint in 2018.  Much of the results of this research effort are very exciting for the PEO industry and are summarized below.

Key Points:

  • Total PEO WSEs (Work Site Employees) is greater than the collective total employment of many of the largest and most successful companies in the US
    • Despite this impressive statistic, still only 12.1% of all WSEs employed by a small business (firms with 10-99 employees) are currently using a PEO
      • This leaves room for significant continued growth in the PEO sector in the coming months and years

  • Rate of growth of PEO WSEs is significantly higher than growth rate of employment in US economy as a whole

Additional details:

  • It is estimated that there were 907 PEOs operating in the US in at the end of 2017
  • This includes 175,000 PEO clients, and
  • Approximately 3.7 Million WSE (Work Site Employees)
    • This employee count is equal to the combined employee count of some of the largest and most notable companies in America

  • Total estimated payroll paid in 2017 for these employees was approximately $176 Billion
  • Growth rate of the PEO industry was approximately 14 times higher than the growth rate in employment in the US economy overall in 2017

  • That being said, only 12.1% of small businesses in the PEO “Sweet Spot” are current PEO clients
    • PEO “Sweet Spot” is defined as companies with 10-99 employees
  • 2017 PEO industry growth rate correspond to a sustained rate of the industry doubling every 9-10 years

  • Below is a list of PEOs counts by state at the end of 2017

You can review a copy of the complete power point from with webinar as well as a copy of the published white paper by clicking on the following links:

The PEO Industry Footprint in 2018 – Power Point

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To view a recording of the webinar, follow the below instructions:

  1. Follow this link to view the webinar:
    1. https://napeo.webex.com/napeo/onstage/playback.php?RCID=70d70d63e45404ce0bd939b1a1b2b533
  2. Select Playback

Many good questions were asked during the presentation, so the video is well worth the watch (runs about 45 minutes).

We extend a sincere Thank You to NAPEO for all the great work they do to advocate for and substantiate our industry on behalf of all PEOs.

Delaware Workers’ Comp Rates Decline December 1st

Employers in Delaware will experience another decrease in workers compensation rates effective Dec. 1.

Comp rates will decline an average of 7.3% for the residual market and about 10% for the voluntary market, according to a statement by Delaware Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro on Monday.

“I am delighted to approve yet another decrease in workers’ compensation rates in Delaware and even happier to see a double-digit average decrease in the voluntary market,” he said in the statement.

For the second year in a row, all actuaries reviewing the comp rate filing agreed that another rate drop was warranted, he added.

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