he Workers’ Compensation Policy Institute
has completed a second online survey of municipalrepresentatives from across New York State with the goal of evaluating their experiences with workers'compensation and its costs. The survey reached a broad range of types and sizes of municipalities
andfound that most of them are experiencing similar struggles in coping the high costs of operating in NewYork State.The Institute's analysis of the survey responses produced several highlights:
More than four of five respondents said their workers' compensation costs have increased in thelast year. What's more, more than half said their costs had gone up more than 5 percent, andnearly 30 percent said their costs had gone up more than 10 percent.
Only 18% of respondents said that their
workers’ compensation costs
have decreased or remainedthe same.
Of 153 respondents,
more than half have secured guaranteed cost coverage for the workers’
For the respondents with guaranteed cost coverage, 51% have premiums of less than $100,000.
72% of the respondents are in a civil service position at their municipality, while only 18% of respondents are elected officials.
The Workers’ Compensation Policy Institute conducted
an online survey of municipal representatives
from across New York State on workers’ compensation and its costs.
More than 150 respondents representing towns, villages, cities, fire districts, library, public authoritiesand schools responded, providing t
heir best answers to the Institute’s questions about workers’
compensation coverage. Respondents were also given the option of providing the Institute with anyadditional comments.