Workers’ Comp Filing Proposed Changes

The industry-backed committee charged with updating California’s workers’ comp classifications and the rules for calculating premium approved a number of changes. The changes include increasing the state’s dual wage thresholds and updating the minimum and maximum payroll limits for 16 different classifications. The most important change, however, might be the sunsetting of two Covid-19 rules. … Read More »

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Dual Wage Threshold Changes

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau is considering raising the hourly wage threshold for 16 dual wage classification pairs by as much as $5 per hour. Bureau staff will make the pitch to the Classification and Rating Committee’s insurer members next week for an increase effective September 1, 2022. They are expected to be more … Read More »

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Dual Wage Thresholds to Get Wider Range

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau will be filing to increase the wage threshold that separates over a dozen construction classifications into high and low wage groupings with vastly different rates. The insurer members on its Classification and Rating Committee opted not to adjust the threshold in two classes and rejected an employer representative’s plea … Read More »

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Bureau Yields To Union Pressure

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau is changing course and will propose doubling the 2018 increase in the dual wage threshold for the carpentry and steel framing industries. The proposal will shift the threshold from $30 per hour to $32 per hour next year if approved by Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. The proposal is a … Read More »

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Dual Wage Classes Increases

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau is proposing increases in the wage threshold for ten different construction industry dual wage classifications and is likely to recommend an increase in an eleventh by the time it makes its 2018 regulatory filing next month. The proposed increases range from $1 to $2 per hour to keep the … Read More »

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New Dual Wage Process Coming

The Bureau is rolling out a new process for adjusting the dual wage thresholds that divide various construction industry classifications into high and low-wage classes for rate making. The new system promises, according to the Bureau, to be less labor intensive for the Bureau and employers in the affected classes while providing more timely updates … Read More »

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Dual Wage Threshold Calculation Changing

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau is moving to change the way it calculates and updates the wage threshold for the 18 construction classifications in the state’s dual wage system. The result is intended to make it less burdensome on both employers and the Bureau while offering more timely updates. It might even help cut … Read More »

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Employer Challenges Reclassification Due To Time Cards

The distinction between hours worked and billable hours could cost a plumbing contractor tens of thousands of dollars on its workers’ comp bill.  Its high-wage journeymen plumbers were moved to the low-wage, high-rate classification. The firm is fighting the change, and a California Department of Insurance administrative law judge is now reviewing the adequacy of its … Read More »

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