Something got my juices flowing late this afternoon. I got a fresh burst of energy when I opened a bill from our workers comp carrier. That nice auditor who was here last month totally screwed up our payroll records, and as a result they are asking for an additional $3,200 in premium that I donít think theyíre entitled to. So I wrote a polite but severe letter, explaining the error of their ways and asking them to please get their act together.
Of course, I could be wrong. I would hate that, but itís possible, because I based the amount we paid on information I got from the auditor who was here a year ago. She gave me some advice that was supposed to save me some money, and I reported our payroll based on that advice. Now it turns out that either she was wrong, or this yearís auditor was in too much of a hurry to take the new reporting criteria into account.
It all comes down to that Ė which auditor was right. Since the auditors are independent contractors and donít work for the insurance company, the company might not be bound by what the auditors tell me. Especially since I didnít get anything in writing. It was one of those, ďOh, everybody knows that. Hereís what you should be doing...Ē deals. As if Iíd been stupid for overpaying all these years.
Now Iím feeling a little stupid whichever way this dispute turns out, but at least it gave me the energy to get through the rest of my day. Thereís a lot to be said for that (but not $3,200 worth).