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California Workers’ Comp Regulators Announce 2019 User Funding Assessment Rates

Oakland – The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has issued the 2019 assessments that workers’ compensation insurers are required to collect from policyholders to cover the budget of the state Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) and five related programs set up by state lawmakers.  Insurers should apply the following rates against their policyholders’ estimated annual assessable premium for policies incepting January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019:

2019 WC Administration Revolving Fund Assessment:  0.014479
2019 Uninsured Employers Benefit Trust Fund Assessment:  0.000831
2019 Subsequent Injuries Benefits Trust Fund Assessment:  0.002737
2019 Occupational Safety & Health Fund:   0.003765
2019 Labor Enforcement & Compliance Fund: 0.003431
2019 WC Fraud Account Assessment:   0.002878

State law also requires insurers to advance the money on behalf of their policyholders (the first installment is due on or before January 1, 2019; the balance is due on or before April 1, 2019), then recoup the funds via surcharges and assessments on all workers’ compensation policies with 2019 inception dates. Assessment methodologies are noted in the memos DIR issued this week. DIR defines “Assessable Premium” as “the premium the insured is charged after all rating adjustments (experience rating, schedule rating, premium discounts, expense constants, etc.) except for adjustments resulting from the application of deductible plans, retrospective rating or the return of policyholder dividends.”

To cover their share of the 2019 assessments, self-insured and California legally uninsured employers must apply the following rates against the total amount of workers’ compensation indemnity they paid:

2019 WC Administration Revolving Fund Assessment:  0.043810
2019 Uninsured Employers Benefit Trust Fund Assessment:  0.003796
2019 Subsequent Injuries Benefits Trust Fund Assessment:  0.010258
2019 Occupational Safety & Health Fund:   0.011980
2019 Labor Enforcement & Compliance Fund: 0.010617
2019 WC Fraud Account Assessment:   0.008965

More details are included in the memos that DIR has posted under “What’s New” at www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/. The state is mailing the memos with invoices for each company’s share of the assessments and surcharges to California workers’ comp insurers, self-insured employers and legally uninsured employers. Questions about the 2019 surcharges and assessments may be directed to Naomi Carter at NCarter@dir.ca.gov; 415-557-1020.

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