MONTGOMERY – Alabama Retail Comp is returning $8 million to participants in 2019 as part of its Retro Return, the largest return in the history of the fund.
“We are pleased to announce that we are returning a historic amount to participants,” said Rick Brown, fund administrator and Alabama Retail Association president. “Every dollar the fund returns helps lower the cost of doing business for our members.”
Since its inception in 1984, ARC has returned MORE THAN $92 MILLION – 25 percent of all premiums collected – to its participants through the Retro Return plan.
“Alabama Retail Comp is a huge asset for us,” said Rob Renfroe of Renfroe’s Market in Montgomery and Dadeville. “It is nice to have a company that allows us to be competitive when it comes to workers’ comp.”
Each Retro Return is composed of excess funds ARC’s trustees have set aside from previous fund years. As the need to hold money in reserves decreases in a given year, that year’s participants receive money back as a credit on their next renewal. The retrospective rating plan uses an actuarial formula that takes into account individual participants’ experience versus the experience of the Fund as a whole. Lower losses return a higher retro credit at renewal, rewarding participants for providing a safe work environment.
Although a retrospective return is never guaranteed, Alabama Retail Comp is committed to conservative underwriting and aggressive claims management to continue returning funds to participants.
More than 4,200 Alabama Retail members participate in the fund. ARC specializes in the retail industry, but also provides coverage to an array of business employers.
Fund Manager Mark Young said, “At ARC, our goal is simple: To provide the most cost-effective workers’ compensation coverage to Alabama businesses with unparalleled customer service.”