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Can you detect workers’ compensation fraud before it is too late?

Workers’ compensation is an excellent resource for your employees to use if they are injured on the job. It is also valuable to you as the employer because you can protect your company and its reputation if an accident occurs. However, sometimes your employees may be tempted to take advantage of workers’ compensation benefits. Your vigilance can help you recognize fraudulent behavior before it is too late.

The HR Daily Advisor suggests some helpful precautions you can take to reduce workers compensation fraud from occurring in your establishment. Here are some of the things you can do:

  • Properly train management: Your entire human resources department and all other management who may deal with claims, should be thoroughly trained on recognizing fraud. They should all understand the protocols to follow before awarding compensation of any kind.
  • Designate a medical provider: Create a strong relationship with your pre-determined medical provider. Establish regulations that will guarantee that all injured employees have to see them for medical care.
  • Investigate all claims: Even if one of your employees seems to be telling a legitimate story with noticeable evidence to back it up, always conduct an investigation of your own. Determine that timelines match up, dates are correct and any witnesses have been interviewed.
  • Establish a clear policy: Make sure that each of your employees understand how the workers’ compensation policy functions. Encourage them to be forthright about any concerns and to immediately report any injuries. Implement programs aimed at helping your employees to recover and resume their responsibilities as soon as possible.

Carefully screening new candidates can help you establish employee credibility and honesty from the start. The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.

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