Lei Shi: Article History

January 11, 2021

Are My Employees Covered Under Workers’ Compensation While Working Out of State?

The pandemic has affected our lives in many ways. One of the challenges special districts face is how to answer insurance-based questions on telecommuting. Here is an overview of potential Workers’ Compensation coverage issues when employees are telecommuting from home.

July 21, 2020

Ask the Experts: What are the WC Considerations of Working from Home?

Find out more about what working from home means for workers’ compensation.

October 23, 2019

Ask the Experts: What Determines My Workers’ Compensation Contribution?

How Workers’ Compensation contributions are calculated remains one of the greatest mysteries about insurance for many people—but it doesn’t have to be. Discover how we break it down and what you can do to lower your contribution.

October 17, 2018

Ask the Experts: Independent Contractors

CSD Pool’s expert, Lei Shi, answers how independent contractors are covered under our Workers’ Compensation coverage.

July 10, 2018

Ask the Experts: Reporting Payroll for WC Coverage

It is very important that you be as accurate as possible. As you may know, workers’ compensation contributions are based on the job duties and payroll of those covered.

March 26, 2018

Ask the Experts: What are ‘incident rates’ and how are they calculated?

You may not be familiar with the concept of an incident rate because, unlike most employers, special districts are not required to report workplace injuries and fatalities to OSHA. The incident rate is a benchmark created by OSHA to illustrate the number of injuries reported by a given employer.

July 17, 2017

Handling New Hires with Kid Gloves

While it is not uncommon to employ minor employees at special districts, many employers don’t know that certain hazardous job functions performed by minors are strictly prohibited under federal and state laws.

January 22, 2017

Are you Traveling Bare?

There are many reasons why a special district might send employees abroad or out of state on business. It is important that members notify the Pool of the travel prior to making the arrangements. Many districts are not aware that employees traveling on district business internationally may not be covered for workers’ compensation if the destination is on Pool’s insurance carrier’s restricted list.

January 19, 2016

Falling Employees = Rising Prices

Reduce Your Workers’ Comp Costs Using Our New Free Guide Each new year brings with it a host of changes and new challenges, but it also offers an opportunity to reflect on ways your district can make improvements. With workers’ compensation costs steadily increasing in recent years, now is the time to explore ways to […]

October 7, 2015

Are You Putting Your Employees in the Right Box?

While it may seem like classifying employees as contractors could potentially save your district money, doing so may violate the DOL’s Fair Labor Standards Act. Applying the factors laid out in this article can help assure that your district stays in compliance with federal law.

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