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Uniform Statistical Reporting Plan

Experience Rating Plan

Summary of Approved Changes to the Insurance Commissioner's Workers' Compensation Regulations Published by the WCIRB
 

This reference guide summarizes the changes to the California Workers’ Compensation Uniform Statistical Reporting Plan—1995 (Uniform Statistical Reporting Plan) and the California Workers’ Compensation Experience Rating Plan—1995 (Experience Rating Plan) approved by the Insurance Commissioner to be effective January 1, 2018 and January 1, 2019. This reference guide was created by the WCIRB as a convenience for its members, agents and brokers, policyholders and others to provide an overview of notable amendments, but does not contain a description of all approved changes to the Plans. It is not an official regulation and does not bear the official approval of the California Department of Insurance.

 
 
 
For more details and information on all changes, please view the actual plans, or the WCIRB’s January 1, 2018 Regulatory Filing in the Filings and Plans section of the website:
 

Payroll Minimum and Maximum Changes

Code Phraseology Payroll
Minimum
Payroll
Maximum
7365 Taxicab Operations $35,700 N/A
7610 Radio, Television or Commercial Broadcasting Stations N/A $128,700
9151 Theaters – musical entertainment N/A $128,700
9156 Theaters – dance, opera and theater companies N/A $128,700
9181 Athletic Teams or Parks – all players on salary list of employer, whether regularly played or not N/A $128,700
9610 Motion Pictures – production N/A $128,700
N/A Executive Officers, Partners, Individual Employers and Members of a Limited Liability Company $50,700 $128,700

Construction Dual Wage Threshold Changes

Code Phraseology 2017
Threshold
2018
Threshold
5190/5140 Electrical Wiring – within buildings $30.00 $32.00
5201(1)/5205(1) Concrete or Cement Work – pouring or finishing of concrete sidewalks, driveways, patios, curbs or gutters $24.00 $25.00
5201(2)/5205(2) Concrete or Cement Work – pouring or finishing of concrete floor slabs, poured in place and on the ground, and concrete slab-type foundations, for other than concrete buildings or structural steel buildings of multi-story construction $24.00 $25.00
5403/5432 Carpentry – including the installation of interior trim, builders finish, doors and cabinet work in connection therewith $30.00 $32.00
5446/5447 Wallboard Application – within buildings $33.00 $34.00
5474(1)/5482(1) Painting, Decorating or Paper Hanging – including shop operations $24.00 $26.00
5474(2)/5482(2) Waterproofing – other than roofing or subaqueous work when performed as a separate operation not a part of or incidental to any other operation $24.00 $26.00
5474(3)/5482(3) Painting – water, oil or gasoline storage tanks $24.00 $26.00
5484/5485 Plastering or Stucco Work $27.00 $29.00
5552/5553 Roofing – all kinds $23.00 $25.00
5632/5633 Steel Framing  light gauge $30.00 $32.00
6218(1)/6220(1) Excavation – N.O.C. $30.00 $31.00
6218(2)/6220(2) Grading Land – N.O.C. $30.00 $31.00
6218(3)/6220(3) Land Leveling – grading farm lands $30.00 $31.00
6307/6308 Sewer Construction all operations $30.00 $31.00
6315(1)/6316(1) Water Mains or Connections Construction $30.00 $31.00
6315(2)/6316(2) Gas Mains or Connections Construction $30.00 $31.00

Eliminated Classifications

Classification Eliminated Operations described by the eliminated classification reassigned to
3241(2), Wire Drawing 3241, Wire, Wire Rope or Wire Cable Mfg. – including wire drawing
3372(2), Detinning 3372(1), Electroplating, Electrogalvanizing or Anodizing
4041(2), Tile or Earthenware Mfg. 4041, Brick or Clay Building Products Mfg.
4049(2), Terra Cotta Mfg. 4049, Pottery Products Mfg.
4250(3), Typewriter Ribbon Mfg. or Refurbishing 4250(2), Computer Printing or Typewriter Ribbon Mfg. or Refurbishing
4665(2), Glue Mfg N/A. These operations are no longer performed in California.
5191(2), Computer or Computer System Installation, Service or Repair 5193, Computer or Telephone System or Equipment Installation, Service or Repair
5191(3), Telephone or Telephone System Installation, Service or Repair 5193, Computer or Telephone System or Equipment Installation, Service or Repair
7605(2), Fire Alarm Systems Installation, Service or Repair 7605, Security Alarm, Fire Alarm or Life Safety Systems Installation, Service or Repair
7605(3) Audio/Video Systems Installation, Service or Repair 9516, Television, Video, Audio or Radio Equipment Installation, Service or Repair
8070, Stores – video media 8071, Stores – books
8742(2), Bookbinding Operation – Salespersons – Outside 8742, Salespersons – Outside
8742(5), Printing Operation – Salespersons 8742, Salespersons – Outside
8810(2), Draftspersons 8810, Clerical Office Employees
9053(4), Clubs – swimming 9053(3), Swimming Pools or Swimming Clubs
9180(3), Shooting Galleries 9180(2), Clubs – shooting

New Classifications

Classification Established Purpose
3131(3), Wine Bottle Cork, Cap, Capsule or Wire Cork Retainer Mfg. To apply to the manufacturing and processing of wine bottle corks, caps, capsules, wire cork retainers and similar bottle closure products.
3169(1), Stove or Oven Mfg. – gas or electric To assign a suffix to differentiate gas or electric commercial or household stove or oven manufacturing from water heater manufacturing.
3169(2), Water Heater Mfg. To establish an alternate wording to Classification 3169(1), Stove or Oven Mfg.
3830(1), Aircraft or Spacecraft Mfg. To assign a suffix to create an alternate wording to Classification 3830(2), Unmanned Aircraft System Mfg.
3830(2), Unmanned Aircraft System Mfg. To provide direction as to how the manufacture of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (aerial drones) with a total combined weight of 55 pounds or heavier and related operations should be classified.
5129, Integrated Circuit or Semiconductor Processing Equipment Installation, Service or Repair – away from shop To differentiate these operations from Classification 5128, Instrument – professional or scientific.
5130(1), Programmable Industrial Controls Installation, Service or Repair To differentiate these operations from Classification 5128, Instrument – professional or scientific.  This classification is part of the Construction and Erection Classifications Industry Group.
5130(2), Building Automation or Energy Management Control Systems Installation, Service or Repair To differentiate these operations from Classification 5128, Instrument – professional or scientific. This classification is part of the Construction and Erection Classifications Industry Group.
5193, Computer or Telephone System or Equipment Installation, Service or Repair – shop or outside To differentiate these operations from Classification 5191(1), Office Machine Installation, Service or Repair.
8291(2), Warehouses – climate controlled storage To differentiate these operations from Classification 8291(1), Warehouses – cold storage.
8370, Automobile or Truck Radio, Alarm or Electronic Equipment Installation, Service or Repair To establish a unique classification for these operations, which were previously assigned to 9516(2).
8720(4), Unmanned Aircraft System Operation To provide direction as to how to classify the fee-based operations of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (aerial drones) with a total combined weight of less than 55 pounds, and how to classify such operations when performed in support of an employer’s own construction or erection operations.
8744, Boy and Girl Scout Councils – district executives – including Outside Salespersons To establish a unique classification for these operations, which were previously assigned to 8742(3).
8746, Newspaper Publishing or Printing reporters or photographers – including Outside Salespersons To establish a unique classification for these operations, which were previously assigned to 8742(4).
8811, Libraries – private – librarians or professional assistants

To establish a unique classification for these operations, which were previously assigned to 8810(3).

8812, Libraries – public – librarians or professional assistants To establish a unique classification for these operations, which were previously assigned to Classification 8810(4).
8870, Fitness Instruction Programs or Studios – all employees – including receptionists To apply to fitness instruction program or studio operations.
9054, Spas or Baths – including restaurant employees, retail store employees and receptionists To establish a unique classification for these operations, which were previously assigned to 9053(1).
9531(1), Telecommunication Antenna Equipment Installation, Service or Repair To differentiate these operations from Classification 9516, Television, Video, Audio or Radio Equipment Installation, Service or Repair. This classification is part of the Construction and Erection Classifications Industry Group.
9531(2), Satellite Television or Internet Antenna Equipment Installation, Service or Repair To differentiate these operations from Classification 9516, Television, Video, Audio or Radio Equipment Installation, Service or Repair. This classification is part of the Construction and Erection Classifications Industry Group.

Additional Notable Changes to the Uniform Statistical Reporting Plan
 

Effective January 1, 2018

Part 1, Section I, Rule 3, Effective Dates, and Part 2, Section II, Rule 2, Continuing Form Policy or Fixed-Term Policy Written in Excess of One Year and Sixteen Days, were amended to state that amendments to the Uniform Statistical Reporting Plan are applicable to a policy as of the policy’s effective date.

Part 2, Section I, General Instructions, and Section III, Additional Electronic Reporting Requirements, were amended for consistency with changes to Title 10, California Codes of Regulations, Chapter 5, Subchapter 2, Policy Forms and Other Documents, Sections 2250 et seq., related to ancillary agreements.

Part 2, Section III, Additional Electronic Reporting Requirements, Rule 1, Policy Record Reporting, and Part 4, Section II, Definitions, and Section IV, Exposure Information, were amended to facilitate the reporting of specified data related to terrorism.

In addition to the eliminated and new classifications noted above, amendments were made to implement changes to the Standard Exceptions Rule and Standard Exceptions classifications, including:

  • Section III, Rule 4, Standard Exceptions, was amended to clarify its intended application; add an example to clarify the classification procedure when the classification phraseologies applicable to an employer do and do not include outside salespersons; clarify the classification procedure for employees who qualify as Standard Exception Employees based on a permanent change in job duties; and clarify the classification procedure when Standard Exception Employees perform incidental non-clerical duties that directly relate to their office duties.

In addition to the establishment of the two new classifications noted above, additional rules and classifications were amended to classiify the manufacture, repair and operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (aerial drones), including:

  • Part 3, Section III, Rule 5, General Inclusions, was amended to add the operation of small (less than 55 pounds) aerial drones.
  • Part 3, Section III, Rule 6, General Exclusions, was amended to add the operation of large (55 pounds or heavier) aerial drones.
  • Part 3, Section IV, Special Industry Classification Procedures, Rule 2, Construction or Erection Work, was amended to add the operation of small aerial drones.
  • Classification 3681(1), Instrument Mfg. – electronic, was amended to include the manufacture and fee-based shop repair of small aerial drones.
  • Classification 5128, Instrument Installation, Service or Repair – medical, professional or scientific, was amended to include the repair of small aerial drones away from shop.
  • Classification 7410, Aircraft Operation – agricultural – dusting, spraying and seeding – not members of the flying crew, was amended to include the General Exclusion operation of large aerial drones.
  • Classification 7428(1), Aircraft Operation – other than agricultural, scheduled or supplemental air carriers – not members of the flying crew, was amended to include the General Exclusion operation of large aerial drones.

Effective January 1, 2019 

Part 4, Unit Statistical Report Filing Requirements, Section II, Definitions, was amended to add the definition of Net Incurred Losses for consistency with other proposed changes to the California Workers’ Compensation Experience Rating Plan—1995.
 


Experience Rating Plan

Effective January 1, 2018 

Section III, Rule 1, Eligibility Requirements for California Workers’ Compensation Insurance, was amended to adjust the eligibility threshold from $10,100 to $10,300 to reflect wage inflation and the proposed January 1, 2018 expected loss rates.

Section III, Rule 5, Self-Insurers' Data, was amended to permit the electronic reporting of self-insured data for experience rating purposes.

Section V, Rule 1, General Application of Experience Modification, Rule 2, Application of Experience Modification to a Single Policy, Rule 3, Application of Experience Modification to Multiple Policies, and Section VI, Rule 12, Closed Claims, were amended to change the term “anniversary rating date” to “rating effective date”.

Table I, Expected Loss Rates and D-Ratios, was amended to reflect the most current data available.

Effective January 1, 2019 

Section I, General Provisions, Rule 6, Subterfuge, was amended for consistency with other proposed changes, and Rule 7, Rating Forms, to incorporate the requirements regarding data displayed on the Experience Rating Form from Section VI, Tabulation of Experience, Rule 2, Experience Rating Forms, as that rule is being deleted. 

Section III, Eligibility and Experience Period, Rule 3, Experience to be Used for Rating California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Risks, was amended to incorporate the requirements regarding what data is used in experience rating from Section VI, Tabulation of Experience, Rule 1, Data Used for Experience Rating, as that rule is being deleted and for clarity.

Section VI, Tabulation of Experience, and Section VII, Rating Procedure, were amended to combine these two sections into a single Section VI, Rating Procedure, for clarity, to require that the first $250 of each claim is not included in the experience rating calculation and to simplify the experience modification formula.

Table II, Credibility Primary and Credibility Excess Values, was amended to remove the reference to credibilities for consistency with the proposed changes to the Experience Modification Formula.