Bureau On Covid: “We’re In The Endemic Period Now”

Persistently low rates of new claims for Covid in California’s workers’ comp system have analysts at the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau finally agreeing that we have transitioned from the pandemic phase of the virus to the endemic phase. After accounting for nearly 40% of all workers’ comp indemnity claims filed in January amid a … Read More »

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Workers’ Comp Premium Levels Returning to Pre-Pandemic Levels

Workers’ comp premium plummeted in 2020 with the rapid shutdown of the economy in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and remained flat through 2021. Industry experts at the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau are predicting a sharp return to pre-pandemic levels, and the latest industry results are in line with projections. The Bureau is … Read More »

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Covid-19 Claims And X-Mods

Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara rejected a call from the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau and his staff’s recommendation when nixing a plan to allow Covid-19 claims to count against employers’ X-Mods. Covid claims remain excluded from the experience rating process. The Bureau is a private organization with quasi-governmental responsibility, financially supported exclusively by insurance carriers … Read More »

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Sense Of Deja Vu In 2022 Rate Filing

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau filed for a 7.6% increase overall for advisory pure premium rates. The final amount is slightly larger than initially projected during the Governing Committee deliberations. It accounts for the addition of a Covid-19 surcharge on all employers. The underlying increase without a surcharge is 6.9%. An independent actuary will … Read More »

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Ninth Circuit Punts On Third-Party Covid-19 Liability Issue

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal is ending its involvement in a case claiming that an employer is liable for the Covid-19 that its employee’s wife contracted after he caught the virus in the workplace. The federal justices formally asked California’s highest court to answer two critical questions to either end the case or move … Read More »

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California Extends COVID Rules

To the surprise of no one, and despite employer groups’ vocal opposition, the Cal/OSHA Standards Board approved the final version of the state’s COVID emergency temporary standard. The Board vote … Read More »

WCIRB Considers Rate Increase

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau’s Governing Committee will meet later this morning to deliberate about its upcoming September 1, 2022, advisory pure premium rate filing. The agency’s staff will likely recommend increasing California workers’ comp rates again. Earlier attempts were rebuffed by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and the actuaries at the California Department of … Read More »

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