On this page are archived WCIRB webinars from the last two years. If you're looking for a webinar older than that, please contact the WCIRB Outreach and Communications team.
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WCIRB Research Forums
WCIRB Mod Talk
WCIRB Class Talk
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Frictional Costs in the California Workers' Compensation System
Presented December 8, 2021
Actuaries at the Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California (WCIRB) will discuss the areas that drive California frictional costs and explain why our costs are so much higher than in other states. We'll also look at what factors are driving recent trends in frictional costs in California.
2021 USRP Manual Changes
Presented October 13, 2021
The WCIRB reviews the California Workers’ Compensation Uniform Statistical Reporting Plan—1995 (USRP) changes that impact January 1, 2021 and September 1, 2021 policies. This includes a presentation of the substantial changes to simplify the Multiple Enterprises rule and the Iron or Steel erection classifications that recently became effective on September 1st, as well as reviews Classification 8871, Clerical Telecommuter Employees and other classification changes that have been in effect since January 1st. We discuss the most frequently submitted questions during this presentation.
Dos and Don'ts of Ownership Submissions
Presented August 25, 2021
Discover what types of ownership changes you need to report on the online ownership form in WCIRB Connect as the well as the reasons why. We'll also explain the changes effective September 1, 2021 to the California Workers' Compensation Experience Rating Plan—1995 (ERP) you need to know that impact ownership.
WCIRB Cost Evaluation of New Medical Fee Schedules
Presented May 13, 2021
Learn how recent fee schedule changes could impact system costs.
Overview of WCIRB’s September 1, 2021 Pure Premium Rate Filing
Presented May 6, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has sharply impacted many components of the California workers’ compensation system. Learn what refinements the WCIRB actuaries made to their standard methodologies to reflect those unique economic and claims-related impacts to develop the proposed advisory pure premium rates for the September 1, 2021 Pure Premium Rate Filing.
2020–2021 USRP Manual Changes
Presented January 19, 2021
While we’ve all been focused on COVID-19 issues and classification and rule changes, a number of additional changes to the California Workers' Compensation Uniform Statistical Reporting Plan—1995 (USRP) affect agents, brokers, auditors, underwriters and other workers’ compensation professionals. This webinar covers the USRP changes that impact 2020 and 2021 policies.
WCIRB Industry Profile: Restaurants
Presented December 2, 2021
The restaurant classification is one of the largest in California, with more than 50,000 individual policies, and it's been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn the operational characteristics, workers' compensation claim cost patterns and key cost drivers of the restaurant industry in California during this webinar that highlights the new WCIRB Industry Profile: Restaurants report. This webinar will provide insights to help you better understand the dynamics of this important industry from a workers’ compensation perspective.
2021 WCIRB Geo Study
Presented November 30, 2021
California’s workers’ compensation system is established on a statewide basis. However, claim patterns and costs often vary across the state. This webinar highlights the interactive 2021 WCIRB Geo Study, including new views on regional similarities and differences across California related to indemnity claim frequency and severity, medical and pharmaceutical costs, loss adjustment expenses, loss development, large losses, share of COVID-19 claims and more.
WCIRB Experience Report for Second Quarter 2021
Presented October 5, 2021
Watch WCIRB actuaries share a look at insurer experience through June 30, 2021, and how the projections compare to the WCIRB's September 1, 2021 Pure Premium Rate Filing, which was based on December 31, 2020 experience. Also, hear the latest information on COVID-19 claims.
Cost Impact of California’s Drug Formulary – Two-Year Checkup
Presented February 11, 2021
Learn how the California drug formulary affected the prescriptions of drugs subject to utilization review as well as how it contributed to a continued decline in drug payments for several costly pharmaceutical components in 2019 and through the pre-pandemic period in 2020. We discuss those and more highlights from the WCIRB's research brief updating the evaluation of the drug formulary impact.
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WCIRB Mod Talk webinars give insurers, agents and brokers and other industry professionals the opportunity to learn more about California’s Experience Rating System and potential future changes to the California Workers’ Compensation Experience Rating Plan—1995 (ERP). Each 30-minute webinar consists of a brief presentation and status updates, followed by a question and answer session.
What Holds Up the Issuance of an X-Mod
Presented October 27, 2021
Learn what factors affect the publication of an experience modification, including what can cause delays and how to check the status.
Factors in Calculating an X-Mod
Presented August 4, 2021
Learn the variables in calculating an experience modification so you can explain to policyholder customers how they qualify for an X-Mod, including the components that go into calculation, such as payroll, expected losses, actual primary losses and expected excess losses.
Presented June 29, 2021
Learn the difference between a total sale and a partial sale of a business so that you can explain to your customers who are buying a business how each type of transaction could affect the experience modification. We recommend you watch Mod Talk: How Ownership Changes Affect X-Mods prior to viewing the video recording.
What You Need to Know About Closed Claims Rerates
Presented May 20, 2021
Gain the knowledge to explain to your customers how to identify a closed claim rerate, what can trigger a closed claim rerate and how it affects an experience modification.
How Ownership Changes Affect X-Mods
Presented March 10, 2021
Be prepared to advise your customers on impacts to a policyholder’s experience modification resulting from business ownership changes.
WCIRB Class Talk webinars give insurers, agents, brokers and other industry professionals the opportunity to learn more about California’s workers’ compensation classification system and relevant information within the California Workers’ Compensation Uniform Statistical Reporting Plan—1995 (USRP). Each 30-minute webinar consists of a presentation and updates on the classification system, followed by a question-and-answer session.
Class Talk: How to Classify Cleaning Operations
May 25, 2022
Brush up on the differences between janitorial, residential and specialty cleaning classifications and gain a better understanding of the rules and applications so you can properly classify the various operations.
Understanding Logistics Industry Classifications
Presented January 25, 2022
Learn how to correctly classify warehousing, trucking, freight handling and fulfillment services.
Multiple Enterprises – Let's Keep This Simple: What's Changing With the Multiple Enterprises Rule?
Presented November 9, 2021
Learn about major changes that simplify the Multiple Enterprises Rule.
Buy Into These Stores Special Industry Classification Procedures
Presented July 14, 2021
Learn which special rules in the USRP you need to know to correctly classify stores.
Presented February 18, 2021
Learn about the newest Standard Exception Classification – Classification 8871, Clerical Telecommuter Employees – so you can know when to apply it to employees who typically fall under Classification 8810, Clerical Office Employees.
Long COVID and COVID Claims Medical Costs in the California Workers' Comp System
Presented March 10, 2022
Learn the patterns of medical treatment and cost of COVID-19 claims, how they are different from typical workers' compensation claims and what are the key cost drivers. WCIRB presenters will also share an early analysis of long COVID, including prevalence and potential cost impacts on the California workers' compensation system.
COVID-19's Impact on Workers' Compensation – A Multi-Bureau Collaboration
Presented January 20, 2022
Join several independent bureaus and National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) to better understand how COVID-19 has impacted the American workforce since March 2020. During this webinar, you'll learn about the multi-bureau collaboration on COVID-19 claims data that offers a more comprehensive view of COVID-19 claim characteristics and trends.
COVID-19 in California Workers' Comp - October 2021 Update
Presented November 4, 2021
More than 160,000 COVID-19 workers' compensation claims have been filed in California. Understanding the dynamics of these claims and their impact on the California workers' comp system is critical to actuarial, underwriting and claims leaders. This webinar will summarize the characteristics of those claims and how they compare to the more typical workers' compensation claim in the state.
WCIRB Clarifies COVID-19 Payroll Exclusion Rule
Presented October 20, 2020
The WCIRB clarifies the COVID-19 era rules for employees who continue to be paid for time not worked during the stay-at-home order.
Impact of Economic Downturn on CA Workers’ Comp
Presented June 4, 2020
With the dramatic drop in employment in California, the frequency of claim filings will likely be affected. The WCIRB discusses how prior recessions have affected claim frequency in California, provides forecasts of future claim frequency given alternative assumptions as to unemployment rates and summarizes some of the potential impact of post-termination and COVID-19 claims on claim frequency.
WCIRB Evaluates Executive Order Impact on CA Workers’ Comp Costs
Presented May 28, 2020
The WCIRB actuarial and research teams discuss their recent evaluation of the potential cost impact of the governor’s May 6 Executive Order related to workers contracting COVID-19. The webinar focuses on the key assumptions underlying WCIRB estimates as to the number of workers affected by the rebuttable presumption of compensability in the Order, the COVID-19 claims potentially filed and the indemnity and medical costs on the COVID-19 claims filed.
COVID-19 Claims – Cost Evaluation of Potential Conclusive COVID-19 Presumption in California Workers’ Compensation
Presented April 23, 2020
The California workers’ compensation system is expected to be significantly impacted by benefits and medical treatment costs paid to on behalf of California workers who contract the COVID-19 virus in the essential industries. In this webinar, WCIRB actuaries and researchers discuss the key assumptions underlying their estimates of the potential financial impact COVID-19 claims will have on the California system.
COVID-19 and Workers’ Compensation – What Employers Need to Know
Presented April 22, 2020
We summarize proposed rule changes that have been submitted to the Insurance Commissioner to help California employers face unprecedented challenges during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, including issues around workers’ compensation claims, reclassification of employees with modified duties and exclusion of payments made to non-working employees.