Workers’ Comp: What’s HR Got to Do with It?
Understanding the factors that drive workers’ comp costs, that may or may not be directly related to an
injury, is critical for employers in managing their costs.
The better HR managers understand workers’ compensation, what employers can and should be doing, whatto expect from their insurance carrier and doctors, the better the employer will
be at controlling costs. HR becomes amore effective business partner within their organization.
Private employers in Texas are not required to carry workers’ compensation. If an employer chooses not to carry workers’ compensation, there are still reporting responsibilities. Injuries still need to be managed. Cost mustbe controlled.
The longer an injured employee is away from work, the higher the employers’ costs and the worse the impact of the injury is on the employee. Eliminating unnecessary lost time is a critical factor, with or without workers’ comp.
This session provides tools to address and avoid issues that result from medically unnecessary lost time. Costly turnover is eliminated, business and workers’ compensation costs are significantly reduced. Learn how to be proactive in managing issues around job related injury, participate in the management of claims, and avoid some of the pitfalls faced by employers in getting injured employees back to work.
Pat Crawford is a Workers’ Compensation/Return to Work Specialist for the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation.
For 25 years, prior to joining the Division, she was a Workers’ Compensation Specialist and Human Resource Manager for Levi Strauss & Co. She managed workers’ compensation claims and costs as well as related legislative and regulatory matters, in 13 states. She has a degree in business from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She served on the Board of Directors establishing the Texas Workers’ Compensation Insurance Fund, which eventually became Texas Mutual Insurance Co. She has participated in numerous committees and activities addressing workers’ compensation and labor concerns across the country.
Her business and HR background has provided “hands on” experience in dealing with the difficulties often faced by employers in controlling workers’ compensation costs and limiting unnecessary disability following a work related illness or injury.