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Rules and Regulatory Changes


Watch: Long COVID and COVID Claims Medical Costs in the California Workers' Comp System
Watch: Industry Webinar: COVID-19's Impact on Workers' Compensation – A Multi-Bureau Collaboration
Watch: COVID-19 in California Workers' Comp – October 2021 Update
Watch: State of the System: COVID-19 – Economic Impact
Watch: State of the System: COVID-19 – Claims Impact
Watch: NEW: Classification 8871, Clerical Telecommuter Employees
Watch: COVID-19 and the CA Workers' Comp Insurance Market
Watch: New workers' comp rules:

COVID-19 in California Workers' Comp – October 2021 Update
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Summary of December 31, 2019 Experience and Update on COVID-19 Regulatory Changes
Presented April 30, 2020
WCIRB actuaries provide a summary of insurer experience and projections valued as of December 31, 2019. In addition, we provide an update on regulatory changes the WCIRB proposed to address the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on experience rating and data reporting.
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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.
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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.
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