Will 10,000 Employers Be Added To Experience Rating?

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau says its experience rating model can effectively rate employers with expected annual losses as low as $500 but is considering a go-slow approach that would lower the rating threshold in stages. The WCIRB is looking at adding 10,000 of the 300,000 employers that it believes can be effectively rated … Read More »

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No Change For Audit Threshold, But Payroll Limits Might Increase

A key committee at the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau is opting against making any changes to the amount of workers’ comp premium required to trigger the need for a physical audit of an employer’s payroll. The Classification and Rating Committee, however, did approve a plan to file an increase in the minimum and maximum … Read More »

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Staffing Company “Per Diems”

The question is, was a staffing company paying its employees’ wages disguised as a ‘per diem’ to avoid workers’ comp and perhaps payroll taxes? State Fund, in a March 2017 payroll audit reclassified the per diem payments as payroll. The staffing company, Supreme Staffing, challenged the additional premium. The dispute was adjudicated before the California … Read More »

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25% Rate Increases for 21 Classes

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones will hold a hearing next week to review proposed regulations that would boost rates for nearly two dozen classes by 25%. The increases in most cases are due to changes the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau wants to make. Among the rate impacts are the creation of several new classes that … Read More »

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Workers’ Comp Audits – Crazy Stuff

Accurate reporting of payroll is an important element of the workers’ comp system as it is a key determinant in the amount of premium an employer will end up paying, but what to report is not always clear. One area that has been causing confusion in audits lately is whether or not the value of … Read More »

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Cleanup to Classification 5606 For Construction Supervisors

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) rejected a construction industry suggestion to ease the standards for who can qualify for a classification covering some supervisors, but is taking steps to make use of the classification less onerous in cases where it does apply. The planned changes to classification 5606 covering executive supervisors in the … Read More »

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