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2020 Changes Quick Reference

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Uniform Statistical Reporting Plan

Payroll Minimum and Maximum Changes

Construction Dual Wage Threshold Changes

Eliminated Classifications

New Classifications

Additional Notable Changes
 

Experience Rating Plan

Eligibility Threshold for Experience Rating
 

Miscellaneous Regulations

- Group Insurance Approval Procedures

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), the California Workers’ Compensation Experience Rating Plan—1995 (Experience Rating Plan) and the Miscellaneous Regulations for the Recording and Reporting of Data—1995 (Miscellaneous Regulations) approved by the Insurance Commissioner to be effective January 1, 2020. This reference guide was created by the WCIRB as a convenience for its member insurers, agents and brokers, policyholders and others to provide an overview of notable amendments; it 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 WCIRB’s January 1, 2020, Regulatory Filing in the Filings and Plans section of the website, or click on the following links to view the actual plans:
 

Payroll Minimum and Maximum Changes

Code Phraseology Payroll
Minimum
Payroll
Maximum
7365 Taxicab Operations $38,400 N/A
7607(1) Video Post-Production N/A $139,100
7607(2) Audio Post-Production N/A $139,100
7610 Radio, Television or Commercial Broadcasting Stations N/A $139,100
8743 Mortgage Brokers N/A $139,100
8803 Auditing, Accounting or Management Consulting Services N/A $139,100
8820 Law Firms N/A $139,100
8859(1) Computer Programming or Software Development N/A $139,100
8859(2) Internet or Web-Based Application Development or Operation N/A $139,100
9151 Theaters – musical entertainment N/A $139,100
9156 Theaters – dance, opera or theater companies N/A $139,100
9181 Athletic Teams or Athletic Facilities – players, umpires, referees and game officials N/A $139,100
9610 Motion Pictures – production N/A $139,100
N/A Executive Officers, Partners, Individual Employers and Members of a Limited Liability Company $54,600 $139,100

Please refer to the specific classification description of each classification code/phraseology listed above for information concerning the application and proration of payroll limitations to specific employees; information varies by classification.

 

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Construction Dual Wage Threshold Changes

Code Phraseology 2019
Threshold
2020
Threshold
5027/5028 Masonry $27.00 $28.00
5183/5187 Plumbing/Heating/Refrigeration $26.00 $28.00
5185/5186 Automatic Sprinkler Installation $27.00 $29.00
5201/5205 Concrete or Cement Work $25.00 $28.00
5403/5432 Carpentry $32.00 $35.00
5446/5447 Wallboard Application $34.00 $36.00
5467/5470 Glaziers $32.00 $33.00
5474/5482 Painting/Waterproofing $26.00 $28.00
5484/5485 Plastering or Stucco Work $29.00 $32.00
5552/5553 Roofing $25.00 $27.00
5632/5633 Steel Framing $32.00 $35.00
6218/6220 Excavation/Grading/Land Leveling $31.00 $34.00
6307/6308 Sewer Construction $31.00 $34.00
6315/6316 Water/Gas Mains $31.00 $34.00

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Eliminated Classifications

Classification Eliminated Classifications to Which Operations Described by the Eliminated Classification Are Reassigned
0400(1), Cotton Merchants 0400, Warehouses – cotton – including cotton compressing
2150, Ice Mfg. or Ice Dealers 2063, Dairy Products or Ice Mfg.
9050(2), Motels 9050, Hotels, Motels or Short-Term Residential Housing
8111(2), Oil or Gas Well Supplies or Equipment Dealers 8010, Storeshardware, electrical or plumbing supplies, or
8107, Machinery and Equipment Dealers – N.O.C., or
8267, Machinery and Equipment Dealers – secondhand, or
8232(2), Building Material Dealers
8111(1), Plumbers’ Supplies Dealers 8010, Stores – hardware, electrical or plumbing supplies
9507(2), Sign Mfg. – quick sign shops 9507, Sign Painting or Lettering and Quick Sign Shops
8017(7), Stores – hardware 8010, Storeshardware, electrical or plumbing supplies, or
8107, Machinery and Equipment Dealers – N.O.C., or
8116, Farm Machinery Dealers or Repair Facilities, or
8057, Boat Dealers

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New Classifications

Classification Established Purpose
8010, Stores – hardware, electrical or plumbing supplies Applies to the sale of hardware, electrical and plumbing supplies to wholesale and retail customers. Part of the Stores Industry Group.

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Additional Notable Changes to the Uniform Statistical Reporting Plan

Effective January 1, 2020

Part 3, Section IV, Special Industry Classification Procedures, Rule 7, Wrecking or Demolition and Building Raising or Moving, was amended to clarify the procedures for determining the applicable classification for soft demolition operations and for the assignment of the following classifications:

  • 5606, Contractors – construction or erection – executive level supervisors
  • 5610, Contractors – construction or erection – all construction subcontracted
  • 8227, Construction or Erection Permanent Yards or Shops

Part 3, Section VI, Administration of Classification System, Rule 4, Audit of Payroll, was amended to decrease the physical audit threshold from $13,000 to $10,500.

Classification 2142(1), Wineries, which is part of the Food Packaging and Processing Industry Group, was amended to direct that it applies to the production of alcoholic cider; and Classification 8060, Stores – wine, beer or spirits, which is part of the Stores Industry Group, was amended to apply to tasting rooms in connection with alcoholic cider production.

Classification 9050, Hotels, Motels or Short-Term Residential Housing, was amended to apply to hotels, motels and short-term rental housing operations where 25 percent or more of the housing units are rented for 30 consecutive days or less, including but not limited to vacation rentals and timeshare properties.

Classification 3682, Instrument Mfg. – non-electronic, was amended to specify the classification procedures for employers that design proprietary non-electronic instruments and subcontract the manufacturing operations.

The following Aircraft Operation Industry Group classifications were amended to remove the footnote assigning ticket sellers and information clerks to Classification 8810, Clerical Office Employees, specify that they include gate and ticket counter personnel at airports and clarify the definition of ground operations:

  • Classification 7428(2), Aircraft Operation – flight schools and pilot training – not members of the flying crew
  • Classification 7428(1), Aircraft Operation – other than agricultural or scheduled air carriers – not members of the flying crew
  • Classification 7403, Aircraft Operation – scheduled passenger or cargo air carriers – not members of the flying crew
  • Classification 7429, Airport Operators

Individual employees’ annual payroll will be subject to the USRP annual payroll maximum in the classifications listed below and prorated based upon the number of weeks in the policy period when the policy is in force for less than a 12-month period.

  • 7607(1), Video Post-Production
  • 7607(2), Audio Post-Production
  • 8743, Mortgage Brokers
  • 8803, Auditing, Accounting or Management Consulting Services
  • 8820, Law Firms
  • 8859(1), Computer Programming or Software Development
  • 8859(2), Internet or Web-Based Application Development or Operation

The following classifications were amended to include display and parts departments:

  • Classification 8057, Boat Dealers
  • Classification 8116, Farm Machinery Dealers or Repair Facilities
  • Classification 8107, Machinery and Equipment Dealers

The following classifications were amended to include delivery and provide direction as to how related store operations should be classified:

  • Classification 8232(2), Building Material Dealers
  • Classification 8232(1), Lumberyards

Appendix I was amended to remove Classification 3365, Welding or Cutting, as a Construction or Erection classification.

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Notable Changes to the Experience Rating Plan

Effective January 1, 2020

Section III, Eligibility and Experience Period, Rule 1, Eligibility Requirements for California Workers’ Compensation Insurance, was amended to adjust the eligibility threshold from $10,000 to $9,700 to reflect wage inflation and the proposed January 1, 2020 expected loss rates.

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

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Notable Changes to the Miscellaneous Regulations

Effective January 1, 2020

Part 3, Group Workers’ Compensation Insurance, Section II, Procedure for Obtaining Approval of Group Workers’ Compensation Insurance, was amended to remove the non-statutorily required insurer submissions for group insurance policies and for clarity.

 

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