EMPLOYERS® Named Workers’ Compensation Carrier of Choice for Illinois Restaurant Association

RENO, Nev. – October 23, 2018 – EMPLOYERS®, America’s small business insurance specialist®, has been named the workers’ compensation carrier of choice by the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA). The association is comprised of active restaurant and hospitality owners and managers, based in the state of Illinois. Eligible IRA members can now receive a 5 percent discount on their workers’ compensation premiums on policies placed with EMPLOYERS.

Additionally, EMPLOYERS offers IRA members who become policyholders a suite of services, including claims management and loss control resources, through Loss Control Connection®, EMPLOYERS’ web-based loss control platform, fraud prevention and managed care services. EMPLOYERS also offers customer service with a 24/7 Injured Employee Hotline, payment plans and competitive premiums.

“We are thrilled to have partnered with EMPLOYERS on behalf of more than 26,000 eating and drinking places in the state of Illinois,” said Sam Toia, president, IRA. “The 5 percent discount on insurance, as sold locally by our members’ agent of choice, will provide a much needed relief as operating expenses continue to rise.”

“At EMPLOYERS, we are committed to meeting the unique needs of the restaurant industry, which is the largest class of business at EMPLOYERS,” said Ray Wise, Chief Sales Officer, EMPLOYERS. “IRA members can choose from any EMPLOYERS appointed agent to gain access to the program. We believe giving members a choice of agents across our strong national network will add to the value and success of this exciting new program. Just like the IRA’s commitment to its members, our core focus is providing policyholders with information and tools to successfully operate and grow their businesses. We are pleased to join together with the IRA to provide its eligible members with valuable coverage and quality services.”

Founded in 1914, the Illinois Restaurant Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, protecting, educating and improving the restaurant industry in Illinois. Information about this program or membership in the Illinois Restaurant Association can be found at info@illinoisrestaurants.org or by calling 1-800-572-1086.

IRA members interested in receiving more information about the 5 percent workers’ compensation discount through EMPLOYERS can visit www.employers.com or call 1-888-682-6671. Program eligibility is subject to EMPLOYERS’ underwriting.


Founded in 1914, the Illinois Restaurant Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, protecting, educating and improving the restaurant industry in Illinois. The IRA owns and produces Chicago Gourmet – the annual food and wine festival held in Millennium Park that unites hundreds of restaurants, chefs and beverage experts for a weekend filled with food and drink tastings, entertainment, cooking demonstrations, book signings, interactive seminars and more. The Association is a proud host of the James Beard Foundation Awards, which will be held in Chicago through 2021, and celebrates excellence in cuisine, culinary writing, and culinary education throughout the country. For more information about the Illinois Restaurant Association, visit www.illinoisrestaurants.org and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Contact Information

Company Contact: Mike Paquette
(775) 327-2562 or mpaquette@employers.com

Investor Relations Contact: Adam Prior, The Equity Group, Inc.
(212) 836-9606 or aprior@equityny.com

About Employers Holdings, Inc.

EMPLOYERS® and America’s small business insurance specialist® are registered trademarks of EIG Services, Inc. Employers Holdings, Inc. is a holding company with subsidiaries that are specialty providers of workers’ compensation insurance and services focused on select, small businesses engaged in low-to-medium hazard industries. The Company operates throughout the United States, with the exception of four states that are served exclusively by their state funds. Insurance is offered through Employers Insurance Company of Nevada, Employers Compensation Insurance Company, Employers Preferred Insurance Company, Employers Assurance Company and Cerity Insurance Company, all rated A- (Excellent) by the A.M. Best Company. Not all companies do business in all jurisdictions. See www.employers.com and www.cerity.com for coverage availability.