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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Outdated Definition Inflates Employer’s Workers’ Comp Rate

A California employer that sells and rents high-tech audio equipment to production companies, schools, churches, and others is being forced to pay a far higher rate for its workers’ comp coverage because of an outdated definition in the state’s classification system. A California Department of Insurance administrative law judge says the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating … Read More »

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Employer Loses Second Per Diem Case, Owes Premium

A temporary staffing firm took a second run at preventing the State Compensation Insurance Fund from collecting premium on the per diem payments it made to the respiratory therapists it places in area hospitals. But the California Department of Insurance says the payments don’t qualify as per diems under California’s Uniform Statistical Reporting Plan. A … 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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Employer Fights Reclassification Of Operations

A cellular tower construction and repair company is facing off with its former workers’ comp carrier and the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau over the proper classification of its workers. The employer was hit with a $46,000 bill after a final audit reclassified its workers into a class with a pure premium rate that is … Read More »

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Commissioner Approves Regulatory Filing

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones approved the bulk of the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau’s regulatory changes for Jan. 1, 2017 new and renewal policies, but is delaying amendments to several … Read More »

Company’s Managers Not Supervisors For Classification Purposes

When is a construction supervisor not a supervisor? A California heating and cooling contractor is paying more for its workers’ comp coverage after the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau refused to classify four managers as executive level supervisors. The company appealed the decision and got one manager reassigned, but lost in the other four cases. … 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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