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In this section, you will find current news stories from the WCIRB. To view stories from previous years, choose a year from the pull-down menu at the right of this page.

The WCIRB has released its study, Cost Impacts of Medical Care Delays in the California Workers’ Compensation System. Read More >
The California Insurance Commissioner has issued a Notice indicating that the record for the January 1, 2021 Pure Premium Rate Filing closed October 26, 2020.  Read More >
The WCIRB has released the Interactive Industry Stats – 2020 Edition report that provides premium, exposure and loss information based on unit statistical report data submitted to the WCIRB for policy years 2003 to 2017. Read More >
The WCIRB is clarifying the application of the July 1, 2020 rule regarding the treatment of payroll for employees who continue to be paid while they do not perform duties of any kind. Read More >
The WCIRB has released its Quarterly Experience Report, an update on California statewide insurer experience valued as of June 30, 2020. Read More >
Earlier today, the WCIRB testified at a CDI public hearing regarding the WCIRB’s January 1, 2021 Pure Premium Rate Filing, which was submitted to the CDI on August 26, 2020 and amended on September 15, 2020. Read More >
The WCIRB Classification and Rating Committee will meet at 9:45 AM on October 13, 2020 via webinar teleconference. Read More >
The 2021 versions of the California Workers’ Compensation Uniform Statistical Reporting Plan—1995 (USRP), California Workers’ Compensation Experience Rating Plan—1995 (ERP) and Miscellaneous Regulations for the Recording and Reporting of Data—1995, along with the advisory California Basic Underwriting Manual, are now available on the WCIRB website. Read More >
The WCIRB has published the 2021 update to the loss elimination ratios that were used in computation of classification relativities in the recently approved January 1, 2021 Regulatory Filing. Read More >
Today, the WCIRB submitted an amended January 1, 2021 Pure Premium Rate Filing to the CDI. Read More >
The WCIRB has released the 2019 California Workers’ Compensation Aggregate Medical Payment Trends report comparing medical payment information from 2017 to 2019. Read More >
At its meeting today, the WCIRB Governing Committee voted to amend its January 1, 2021 Pure Premium Rate Filing that was submitted to the Insurance Commissioner on August 26, 2020. Read More >
The CDI will hold a public hearing on October 5, 2020, to consider the WCIRB’s January 1, 2021 Pure Premium Rate Filing. Read More >
The WCIRB Governing Committee will meet at 11:00 AM on September 9, 2020 via webinar teleconference. Read More >
The WCIRB Actuarial Committee will meet at 9:30 AM on September 8, 2020 via webinar teleconference. Read More >
The WCIRB has released its Quarterly Experience Report, an update on California statewide insurer experience valued as of March 31, 2020. Read More >
Today, the California Insurance Commissioner issued a Decision regarding the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California’s (WCIRB’s) January 1, 2021 Regulatory Filing, which was submitted to the California Department of Insurance (CDI) on June 25, 2020. Read More >
Today, the WCIRB submitted its January 1, 2021 Pure Premium Rate Filing to the CDI, proposing advisory pure premium rates that are, on average, 2.6 percent above the average approved January 1, 2020 advisory pure premium rates. Read More >
The WCIRB, in collaboration with a number of other workers’ compensation rating bureaus, has released its Countrywide Mega Claims study. Read More >
Today, the WCIRB Governing Committee voted to authorize the WCIRB to submit a January 1, 2021 Advisory Pure Premium Rate Filing to the California Insurance Commissioner. Read More >
The WCIRB Actuarial Committee will meet at 9:00 AM on August 10, 2020 via webinar teleconference. Read More >
The WCIRB Governing Committee will meet at 9:30 AM on August 12, 2020 via webinar teleconference. The meeting is open to the public. Read More >
The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California (WCIRB) Classification and Rating Committee will meet at 9:30 AM on August 7, 2020 via webinar teleconference. The meeting is open to the public. Read More >
The WCIRB Actuarial Committee will meet at 9:30 AM on August 4, 2020 via webinar teleconference. Read More >
Today, the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California (WCIRB) released its 2020 State of the System report highlighting key metrics of the California workers’ compensation system. Read More >
The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California (WCIRB) has released its 2021 Experience Modification Estimator (Estimator) for insurers, agents and brokers to help policyholders understand how payroll and claims experience will affect the computation of their 2021 experience modification (X-Mod). Read More >
The California Department of Insurance (CDI) announced that it will hold a public hearing on July 29, 2020 to consider the WCIRB’s January 1, 2021 Regulatory Filing, which was submitted to the CDI on June 25, 2020. Read More >
Today, the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California (WCIRB) released its report on workers' compensation losses and expenses for 2019. Read More >
Today, the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California (WCIRB) submitted a January 1, 2021 Regulatory Filing to the California Insurance Commissioner. Read More >
Effective July 1, 2020, the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California (WCIRB) is expanding its Special Inspection Report program to allow agents and brokers to request a WCIRB physical inspection of their clients’ business operations. This new service is in response to frequent inquiries from agents and brokers for the WCIRB to conduct a physical inspection in order to affirm the standard classification applicable to the employer’s business. Prior to July 1, 2020, only the insurer of record could request that the WCIRB conduct a Special Inspection. Read More >
Today, the California Insurance Commissioner issued a Decision regarding the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California’s (WCIRB’s) July 1, 2020 Special Regulatory Filing, which contained proposals to address the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and was submitted by the WCIRB to the California Department of Insurance (CDI) on April 20, 2020. Read More >
The WCIRB Actuarial Committee will meet at 9:30 AM on June 12, 2020 via webinar teleconference. Read More >
The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California (WCIRB) Governing Committee will meet at 10:00 AM on June 11, 2020 via webinar teleconference. The meeting is open to the public. Read More >
The WCIRB has released its Impact of Economic Downturn on California Workers’ Compensation Claim Frequency study, which analyzes historical impacts of economic cycles on workers’ compensation claim frequency, provides forecasts of claim frequency changes in light of the current economic situation and summarizes the potential impact of post-termination and COVID-19 claims on claim frequency. Read More >
The WCIRB has released its Evaluation of Cost Impact of Governor Newsom’s Executive Order on Rebuttable Presumption for California COVID-19 Workers’ Compensation Claims. Read More >
The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California (WCIRB) Classification and Rating Committee will meet at 9:45 AM on June 2, 2020 via webinar teleconference. The meeting is open to the public. Read More >
In an open letter to the California workers’ compensation community, WCIRB President and CEO Bill Mudge discusses the WCIRB’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as shares how the WCIRB continues to evolve in order to better assist workers’ comp insurance companies, agents, brokers and employers. Read More >
The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California (WCIRB) Actuarial Committee will meet at 9:30 AM on May 19, 2020 via webinar teleconference. At the meeting, the Committee will discuss the WCIRB’s evaluation of the potential cost impact of the governor’s recent executive order establishing a rebuttable presumption applied to all California employees diagnosed with COVID-19 who were directed to work at their employer’s facilities. Read More >
The materials used in the recent webinar for the WCIRB's new research brief, Cost Evaluation of Potential Conclusive COVID-19 Presumption in California Workers’ Compensation, are now available on the WCIRB Webinars page of the WCIRB website. Read More >
The WCIRB has created a dedicated COVID-19 resource page to make it easier for employers, workers and insurance professionals to find answers to their top COVID-19 questions, proposed regulatory changes, webinar and research information and more in one place. Read More >
The WCIRB has released a recording and presentation handout for its recent webinar, COVID-19 and Workers’ Compensation – What Employers Need to Know. Read More >
The WCIRB has released its Quarterly Experience Report, an update on California statewide insurer experience valued as of December 31, 2019. Read More >
The CDI announced that it will hold a public hearing on May 18, 2020 to consider the WCIRB’s July 1, 2020 Special Regulatory Filing, which was submitted to the CDI on April 20, 2020. Read More >
The WCIRB released its Cost Evaluation of Potential Conclusive COVID-19 Presumption in California Workers’ Compensation. Read More >
The WCIRB submitted a special regulatory filing to the California Insurance Commissioner. Read More >
In response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on California employers and workers, the WCIRB Governing Committee voted unanimously to make a special regulatory filing to the California Insurance Commissioner. Read More >
The WCIRB Governing Committee will meet on April 17, 2020 via teleconference. This meeting is open to the public. Read More >
Earlier today, the WCIRB Governing Committee met to review the WCIRB Actuarial Committee’s analysis of December 31, 2019 California workers’ compensation experience.  Read More >
On April 14, 2020, the WCIRB’s Classification and Rating Committee will consider three rule changes that WCIRB staff are recommending in response to the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic on California employers and workers. Read More >
Due to the COVID-19 crisis and Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order, the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California (WCIRB) Classification and Rating Committee will meet at 9:45 AM on April 14, 2020 via webinar teleconference. The meeting is open to the public. Read More >
Due to the COVID-19 crisis and Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order, the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California (WCIRB) Governing Committee will meet on April 8, 2020 via webinar teleconference. Read More >
As a show of additional support to the California workers’ compensation community, the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California (WCIRB) announces a reimbursement program for customers who purchase and pass WCIRB CompEssentials® courses during the Governor’s California stay-at-home period (effective March 19, 2020 until the Order is lifted). Read More >
Due to concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California (WCIRB) Actuarial Committee will meet at 9:30 AM on April 2, 2020 via webinar teleconference. Read More >
The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California (WCIRB) is taking the steps necessary to protect our staff while continuing to provide the vast majority of our regular services. The WCIRB is also committed to identifying and addressing some of the new challenges that the COVID-19 crisis has created for the California workers’ compensation system. Read More >
With the quickly evolving coronavirus/COVID-19 situation, please know that the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California (WCIRB) has taken proactive steps to protect our staff while also continuing to provide services to our customers. We send our best wishes of support to California’s employers and their employees, insurers, agents and brokers and all fellow members of the workers’ compensation industry impacted by the coronavirus/COVID-19. Read More >
The WCIRB Actuarial Committee will meet at 9:30 AM on March 16, 2020 via teleconference. Read More >
The WCIRB Classification and Rating Committee will meet at 9:45 AM on February 11, 2020 at the WCIRB’s office in Oakland, California. Read More >
The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California (WCIRB) has released its Physical Medicine Treatments and Their Impact on Opioid Use and Lost Time in California Workers’ Compensation study. The study reveals insights into the overall trends and patterns of physical medicine treatment cost and utilization. It quantifies the potential substitution between physical medicine and opioid use early in the life of a claim and their effects on lost time on the job. Read More >