Bureau To Study Food Manufacturing Classifications

Insurer representatives on the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau’s Classification and Rating Committee approved a proposal for an in-depth, multi-year study of the food manufacturing industry classifications. WCIRB officials say internal diagnostic tools indicate that some classes may no longer be homogenous groups of employers with similar loss experience. The Bureau is a private organization … Read More »

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WCAB To Reexamine Claim Denied Over Misdemeanor Conviction

The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board will take a new look at a truck driver’s claim for workers’ comp benefits. He received the subject injuries while being arrested. The driver, Christopher Johnson, was arrested for failing to produce an ID during a traffic stop. The Fourth District Court of Appeal granted the WCAB’s request to remand … Read More »

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Department Upholds WCIRB’s Classification Reassignment

The Insurance Commissioner adopted a decision keeping in place the reassignment of an airline catering company to class 6504 covering food manufacturing operations. Since its inception, the company, Chase Packaging, had been classified by multiple workers’ comp carriers under 9079 for restaurants. But this changed following a routine inspection by the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating … Read More »

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Workers’ Comp Charged Rates Continue To Drop

In its last two filings, the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau recommended California’s workers’ comp rates needed to increase – first by 2.7% and more recently by 7.6%. Neither increase was adopted by the California Department, and the market has proven both of the Bureau’s proposals to have been wrong. Average charged rates are down … Read More »

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Medical Costs Up, But Below Pre-Pandemic Level

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau reports that workers’ comp medical payments in 2021 jumped 5.5% from the prior year to $1.9 billion. Left unsaid was that the industry spent $2 billion on medical care in 2019 before the pandemic upended the California economy. Now it’s medical cost inflation that is taking its toll on … Read More »

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New Class Payroll Limits Take Effect

The new regulatory changes taking effect September 1st include seven additional workers’ comp classifications that will be subject to the payroll limits that cap the amount of payroll included in the calculation of workers’ comp premium. Approved by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, six of the seven classes will also see an increase in advisory pure … Read More »

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Employer Loses Classification Appeal

A California administrative law judge ruled that updates to the state’s workers’ compensation classification system that created new classes for the HVAC industry were the correct assignments for a Southern California employer. The judge agreed with the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau that classification by analogy was no longer applicable when new classes specifically described … Read More »

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Revisions For Retreat Operators & Yacht Clubs

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau’s Classification & Rating Committee members approved a proposal to pull yacht clubs and retreat operators out of the 9061 classification for clubs that are not otherwise classified. The move would send yacht clubs to join country clubs and golf clubs in class 9060 and retreats to join with camp … Read More »

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