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Workers’ Compensation SaaS for Customized Quotes & Policies

April 18, 2019

Cerity at Formation '19

Cerity is a digital-first organization offering workers’ compensation coverage for small businesses. To provide their next-level workers’ compensation program that delivers relevant data and compliance by leveraging predictive analytics for more accurate risk assessments, Cerity turned to Duck Creek Policy and Duck Creek Billing via Duck Creek OnDemand.

The Client

Offering direct-to-consumer online distribution, Cerity’s solution can produce tailored workers’ compensation quotes and deliver a policy in five minutes or less. Their predictive pricing model has up to 100 price points, making each quote as unique as the businesses it protects. This empowers Cerity to make more accurate, efficient decisions with underwriting with their submission intake technology.

“Insurers that embrace a transformational lens to customer experience are achieving significant successes when it comes to small business,” said Karen Furtado, Partner at Strategy Meets Action. “Cerity has applied an ‘outside in’ viewpoint to provide small business owners with a desirable user experience when shopping for insurance. That customer experience, combined with Duck Creek’s platform capability, is a strong combination to support the launch of Cerity’s business.”

A Workers’ Compensation Insurance SaaS Solution

Starting with no infrastructure and only four employees, the challenge Cerity faced in building a fully functional workers’ compensation insurance solution in minimal time was significant. The company sought off-the-shelf solutions for all aspects of their business, which the carrier credits with much of their speed to market.

In addition to Duck Creek Policy and Billing, Cerity also leveraged Duck Creek Industry Content, taking advantage of NCCI templates to stand up complete products with full regulatory compliance with minimal time and effort. And to add further differentiation in the market, the company utilized the Duck Creek Anywhere API, which allowed them to build a proprietary user experience on top of their technology stack without making any compromises in functionality. They even implemented a pricing solution that provides for pay-as-you-go pricing which has shown to improve the customer experience and overall customer satisfaction.

“Consumers are voting with their wallet and moving online in droves. This has triggered increased investments to build the kinds of omnichannel services necessary to meet their needs,” said Karlyn Carnahan, head of the Americas for Cerity’s Property and Casualty business. “To be successful here, an insurer has to have a streamlined process, a slick user interface, minimal data input, tailored advice, and real-time decisions. Insurers need to move quickly if they want to capture a first-mover advantage.”

With their workers’ compensation software, Cerity is able to deploy all of those functions — customer self-service interface, AI-powered data analysis, a streamlined underwriting process, and risk assessment — in real time. These capabilities have established them as a leader in the workers’ compensation space and provides the opportunity to scale up as business grows.

“We saw an opportunity to seize the leadership position for small business owners desiring a fast, easy, and fully digital solution,” said Tracey Berg, President of Cerity Services and EVP, Chief Innovation Officer of Employers Holdings, Inc. “Starting with no infrastructure and four employees, we designed, built, and launched a digital insurance solution that allows small business owners to purchase workers’ compensation insurance in five minutes or less. Within a year, we had a policy and billing system ready for production using Duck Creek Policy, Duck Creek Billing, and Duck Creek OnDemand. We stayed out-of-the-box and leveraged the power of the product to enable an accelerated implementation.”


All property and casualty insurers focus on speed to market as a differentiating factor. But what Cerity has done is truly remarkable — they have built a fully operational business from the ground up in less time than many insurers still constrained by legacy systems take to introduce a single new product. Duck Creek is excited to continue to help Cerity grow and expand — a process we’re confident will be a fast one.

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Jeff Wargin
As Chief Product Officer, Jeff Wargin leads the direction of Duck Creek’s P&C insurance solutions, responsible for strategy, direction, release planning, and roadmapping of these products. Jeff has spent 20+ years in the P&C Insurance software market, focused on bringing innovative, future-proof products and solutions to insurers and others in the value chain. Jeff’s background is in technology, but his work experience has provided him with a deep understanding of the complexities of the P&C Insurance industry.