Alabama Retail Comp to Return $6.5 Million to Participants in 2017

MONTGOMERY – Alabama Retail Comp is once again making a significant return to participants.  In 2017, ARC is returning $6.5 million as part of its annual retrospective return.

We are pleased to once again provide a large return 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 $78 MILLION – 22 percent of all premiums collected – to its participants through what is known as its Retro Return plan.

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.

ARC-Stacked-WebAlthough a retrospective return is never guaranteed, Alabama Retail Comp is committed to conservative underwriting and aggressive claims management in order to continue returning funds to participants.

Terry Shea, co-owner of Wrapsody, gift stores in Hoover and Auburn, said one of the reasons her stores joined Alabama Retail is because, “it is the best place to get workers’ compensation coverage!”

More than 4,000 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.” 

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Alabama Retail Comp is the self-administered, self-insured workers’ compensation fund sponsored by the Alabama Retail Association. The Alabama Retail Association represents retailers, the largest private employer in the state of Alabama, before the Alabama Legislature and the U.S. Congress. Its 4,100 independent merchant and national company members sell food, clothing, furniture and other general merchandise at more than 6,000 locations throughout Alabama. Almost all of the association’s members participate in Alabama Retail Comp, the state’s most stable, cost-effective workers’ compensation insurance program for retailers. The program is regulated by the Alabama Department of Labor and governed by a board of trustees who are fund participants. While ARC specializes in the retail industry, it also provides coverage to many employers in an array of different classifications of business.