For all cannabis business owners, employee safety must be a priority. Whether you own a factory, a retail shoe store, or a marijuana dispensary, as a business owner it is critical that employees have a safe working environment. Unfortunately, no matter what safety precautions that you may have taken, or rules that are implemented, employees get injured on the job. Injuries can occur in any line of work including the cannabis industry and businesses owners should protect themselves and their investments. At S2S Insurance we work with cannabis businesses to help mitigate risk from employee injuries that occur on the job. We help our clients set up workers compensation policies that pay damages no matter who’s at fault for the accident.
In many states employers are required to maintain workers compensation policies. An S2S Insurance agent can walk you through the requirements of your state to help you determine what is required. In states where workers compensation insurance is required, not maintaining proper coverage can result in heavy fines that negatively impact the business’s bottom line. Even if a state does not require workers compensation insurance, business owners should discuss having one with an S2S Insurance agent as a form of risk mitigation. Having a policy that pays damages no matter who is at fault could save a business hundreds of thousands of dollars in some instances.
District Attorney Diana Becton said, “The District Attorney’s Office is committed to protecting the workers of Contra Costa County. Operations like these are an important part of obtaining compliance before an employee finds out the hard way that their employer did not have coverage for a severe injury.”
“This operation protects employers who are playing by the rules from being undercut by those who don’t,” said California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su. “We also issued these citations because employees are entitled to workers’ compensation insurance if they are hurt on the job.”
Willful failure to provide the insurance is punishable by substantial fines and misdemeanor criminal prosecution. Employees that do not know whether they are covered can check their employer’s notices board or ask a manager. Labor Code section 3550 requires the employers to post a notice identifying the current insurance at a conspicuous location.
At S2S Insurance we look at your entire business platform and look for ways to limit your exposure to the various risks and pitfalls that can hurt your business. Workers compensation insurance is one of many insurance tools we use to help minimize risk for our clients. Not every product we provide works for every business which is why it is important you work with one of our experienced professionals at S2S Insurance to help you develop a risk mitigation strategy for your business. As always policy limits do apply and it is critical that you review and understand your policy selections with a qualified insurance agent and an attorney. Our goal is to be an asset and an additional resource to every client we work with in the cannabis industry. Whether your business is just starting out or established over some period of years, contact us today for your insurance needs.