As part of its administration of the California Workers' Compensation Uniform Statistical Reporting Plan—1995 (USRP) and the Standard Classification System, the WCIRB performs studies to ensure that USRP provisions and classifications are in line with the California economy and changes to various industries. The WCIRB’s Classification Research team is currently engaged in the following studies that could potentially make recommendations to amend applicable USRP provisions effective January 1, 2018 or later.
The WCIRB is participating in a working group with other Data Collection Organizations (DCOs) to review how payroll functions as a proxy for exposure to risk and the basis of premium. The working group is exploring establishing consistent basic rules for reporting payroll across jurisdictions, and to minimize rules that are specific to only one state or jurisdiction.
The use of drones or Unmanned Aircraft Systems for commercial purposes is rapidly increasing, and the USRP does not currently contain any classifications that specifically address drone operations, manufacturing or repair. The WCIRB plans to propose new cross reference phraseology to several classifications to address this emerging industry for inclusion in the January 1, 2018 Regulatory Filing.
This year, the WCIRB plans to complete a comprehensive study addressing the installation, service and repair of instruments and low voltage systems including security alarm systems, fire alarm systems, audio and video systems, office machines, computer systems, telephone systems, telecommunication and satellite antennas, medical and non-medical professional instruments, integrated circuit chip and wafer processing equipment, building automation systems and programmable industrial controls. This study will propose a number of clarifying changes to the following classifications to be included in the January 1, 2018 Regulatory Filing:
Classifications 8868, Colleges or Schools – private – not automobile schools – professors, teachers, or academic professional employees, and 9101 Colleges or Schools – private – not automobile schools – all employees other than professors, teachers, or academic professional employees, have often been assigned by analogy to a wide range of instructional operations that are not in fact colleges or schools. This study is reviewing whether to establish new classifications to specifically describe various instructional operations that are not colleges or schools. The initial phase of the study is reviewing fitness instruction studios with potential rule changes being included in the January 1, 2018 Regulatory Filing. The second phase of this study is reviewing operations assigned to Classification 8868 and 9101 by analogy and whether to establish new classifications for those operations for inclusion in the January 1, 2019 Regulatory Filing.
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