August 23, 2017

CWCI: State Issues 2017 WC User Funding Assessment Rates

Oakland, CA – The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has issued the 2017 assessments that workers’ compensation insurers are required to collect from policyholders to cover the budget of the state Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) and five related programs set up by state lawmakers. The assessments and surcharges cover the Workers’ Compensation Administration Revolving Fund; the Uninsured Employers Benefits Trust (UEBT) Fund; the Subsequent Injuries Benefits Trust (SIBT) Fund; the Occupational Safety and Health Fund; the Labor Enforcement & Compliance Fund; and the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Account. Insurers should apply the following rates against their policyholders’ estimated annual assessable premium for policies incepting January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017:

2017 WC Administration Revolving Fund Assessment:  0.003128
2017Uninsured Employers Benefit Trust Fund Assessment: 0.000721
2017Subsequent Injuries Benefits Trust Fund Assessment:  0.001335
2017Occupational Safety & Health Fund:  0.002305
2017Labor Enforcement & Compliance Fund:0.001918
2017WC Fraud Account Assessment:  0.001675

State law also requires insurers to advance the money on behalf of their policyholders (the first installment is due on or before January 1, 2017; the balance is due on or before April 1, 2017), then recoup the funds via surcharges and assessments on all workers’ compensation policies with 2017 inception dates. Assessment methodologies are noted in the memos DIR issued this week. DIR defines “Assessable Premium” as the premium the insured is charged after all rating adjustments (experience rating, schedule rating, premium discounts, expense constants, etc.) except for adjustments resulting from the application of deductible plans, retrospective rating or the return of policyholder dividends.

To cover their share of the 2017 assessments, self-insured and California legally uninsured employers must apply the following rates against the total amount of workers’ compensation indemnity they paid:

2017 WC Administration Revolving Fund Assessment:  0.025226 
2017Uninsured Employers Benefit Trust Fund Assessment: 0.004707
2017Subsequent Injuries Benefits Trust Fund Assessment:  0.006927
2017Occupational Safety & Health Fund:  0.012111
2017Labor Enforcement & Compliance Fund:0.010479
2017WC Fraud Account Assessment:  0.009262

More details are included in the memos that DIR issued and posted under “What’s New” at www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/. The state is mailing the memos with invoices for each company’s share of the assessments and surcharges to California workers’ comp insurers, self-insured employers and legally uninsured employers. Questions about the 2017 surcharges and assessments may be directed to DIR Accounting Administrator II Amadeo Urbano at AUrbano@dir.ca.gov; 415-703-4283 or Naomi Carter at NCarter@dir.ca.gov; 415-557-1020.

Source: CWCI

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