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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 2019 versions of the california regulations along with the advisory California Basic Underwriting Manual, are now available on the USRP, ERP and Miscellaneous Regulations page in the Filings and Plans section of the WCIRB website. Read More >
The California Insurance Commissioner has issued a Decision regarding the WCIRB’s January 1, 2019 Pure Premium Rate Filing (Filing) which was originally submitted to the California Department of Insurance on August 20, 2018. (See WCIRB Submits January 1, 2019 Pure Premium Rate Filing to CDI.) A public hearing regarding the Filing was held on October 5, 2018. Read More >
The WCIRB has released the California Workers’ Compensation Aggregate Medical Payment Trends report comparing medical payment information from 2015 to 2017. Read More >
The WCIRB has completed its report on statewide workers’ compensation insurer loss and premium experience through June 30, 2018.  Read More >
The WCIRB has updated its 2019 Experience Modification Estimator (Estimator). Now users can obtain an estimated experience modification using 2019 Experience Rating Plan values approved by the California Insurance Commissioner (including expected loss rates, D-Ratios and primary thresholds that vary by employer size).  To use the Estimator, free of charge, click on the link below: 2019 Experience Modification Estimator Read More >
The WCIRB has released The World of Cumulative Trauma Claims report which focuses on workers’ compensation claims for workplace injuries that result from repetitive mentally or physically traumatic activities extending over a period of time. The report discusses how cumulative trauma (CT) claims differ from other types of workers’ compensation claims, and examines the recent increase in reported CT claims and other related trends. Key findings of the CT report include: Read More >
In a new study, WCIRB researchers examine the impact that increased efforts to identify and prosecute provider fraud may be having on the California workers’ compensation system. The Impact of Medical Fraud Enforcement on California Workers’ Compensation Study uses data from the WCIRB’s medical transaction database to analyze the volume and type of medical services that were performed by providers who were subsequently indicted or suspended for fraud (“Indicted Providers”).  Notable findings of the Study include: Read More >
Today, the California Insurance Commissioner issued a decision regarding the WCIRB’s January 1, 2019 Regulatory Filing, which was submitted to the California Department of Insurance (CDI) on June 29, 2018. Amendments to proposed classification changes were submitted on August 1, 2018.  Read More >
Earlier today, the WCIRB testified at a California Department of Insurance (CDI) public hearing regarding the WCIRB’s January 1, 2019 Pure Premium Rate Filing, which was submitted to the CDI on August 20, 2018. WCIRB Executive Vice President and Chief Actuary, Dave Bellusci, along with President and CEO, Bill Mudge, presented the actuarial basis for the WCIRB’s average proposed January 1, 2019 advisory pure premium rate of $1.70, which is 4.5% less than the average approved July 1, 2018 advisory pure premium rate of $1.78. Read More >
The WCIRB Classification and Rating Committee will meet on October 16, 2018, at the WCIRB’s office in Oakland, California. At the meeting, the Committee will review potential changes to the filing schedule, revisions to the California Medical Transactional Data Quality Assurance Program, proposed classification enhancements to the California Workers’ Compensation Uniform Statistical Reporting Plan—1995 and the 2019 schedule of meetings. Read More >
The WCIRB has released its quarterly update on California statewide insurer experience valued as of March 31, 2018. Highlights of the report include: Read More >
The WCIRB Governing Committee will meet on September 5, 2018, at the WCIRB’s office in Oakland, California. Read More >
The WCIRB Actuarial Committee will meet on September 4, 2018 at the WCIRB’s office in Oakland, California. Read More >
The California Department of Insurance (CDI) announced that it will hold a public hearing on October 5, 2018 to consider the WCIRB’s January 1, 2019 Pure Premium Rate Filing Read More >
Today, the CDI issued a Notice of Availability of Revised Text, which includes the WCIRB’s amendments and contains instructions for submitting written public comments regarding the WCIRB’s changes. Read More >
Today, the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau submitted its January 1, 2019 Pure Premium Rate Filing to the California Department of Insurance (CDI), proposing advisory pure premium rates that average $1.70 per $100 of payroll. Read More >
Today, the WCIRB Governing Committee voted to authorize the WCIRB to submit a January 1, 2019 Advisory Pure Premium Rate Filing to the California Insurance Commissioner. Read More >
The WCIRB Governing Committee will meet on August 8, 2018 at the WCIRB’s office in Oakland, California. Read More >
Today, the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California (WCIRB) submitted amendments to the changes proposed in the January 1, 2019 Regulatory Filing to the California Department of Insurance (CDI). Read More >
The WCIRB has integrated DocuSign® to modernize how insurers, agents and brokers request authorization from policyholders to access experience rating worksheets, inspection reports and Comprehensive Risk Summary (CRS)™ reports through WCIRB Connect®. Read More >
The WCIRB Actuarial Committee will meet on August 1, 2018 at the WCIRB’s office in Oakland, California. At the meeting, the Committee will review third quarter 2018 diagnostics, March 31, 2018 loss experience, loss adjustment expense data and loss projection methodologies to be included in the January 1, 2019 Pure Premium Rate Filing, and a study of case reserve-adjusted loss development. Read More >
The WCIRB has launched its 2019 Experience Modification Estimator for insurers, agents and brokers to help policyholders understand how payroll and claims experience will affect the computation of their 2019 experience modification.  Read More >
The WCIRB has released its 2018 State of the California Workers’ Compensation Insurance System which highlights the cost of California workers’ compensation insurance based on premiums paid by insured employers, illustrates how premium dollars are distributed among various system components, details key cost drivers in the system and provides a summary of statewide insurer results. Read More >
The California Department of Insurance (CDI) announced that it will hold a public hearing on August 3, 2018 to consider the WCIRB’s January 1, 2019 Regulatory Filing, which was submitted to the CDI on June 29, 2018. The hearing will be held: August 3, 2018 at 10:00 AM California Department of Insurance 45 Fremont Street 22nd Floor Hearing Room San Francisco, CA 94105 Read More >
Beginning in August 2018, the entire letter of authorization process will be online and fully integrated with WCIRB Connect.   Read More >
Today, the WCIRB submitted to the California Department of Insurance (CDI) a January 1, 2019 Regulatory Filing that proposes changes to the Insurance Commissioner’s regulations contained in the California Workers’ Compensation Uniform Statistical Reporting Plan–1995 (Uniform Statistical Reporting Plan), the California Workers’ Compensation Experience Rating Plan–1995 (Experience Rating Plan), and the Miscellaneous Regulations for the Recording and Reporting of Data–1995 (Miscellaneous Regulations). The Filing contains the following proposals: Read More >
The WCIRB has released its report on workers' compensation losses and expenses for 2017. The report is prepared annually pursuant to Section 11759.1 of the California Insurance Code. Read More >
The WCIRB Actuarial Committee will meet on June 15, 2018 at the WCIRB’s office in Oakland, California. Read More >
The WCIRB Governing Committee will meet on June 13, 2018 at the WCIRB’s office in Oakland, California. Read More >
The WCIRB Classification and Rating Committee will meet on June 13, 2018 at the WCIRB’s office in Oakland, California. Read More >
Today, the California Insurance Commissioner issued a Decision regarding the WCIRB’s July 1, 2018 Pure Premium Rate Filing. Read More >
The WCIRB Classification and Rating Committee will meet on May 31, 2018 at the WCIRB’s office in Oakland, California. Read More >
The WCIRB has released its Impact of the Affordable Care Act on California Workers’ Compensation study. Read More >
Earlier today, the WCIRB testified at a California Department of Insurance (CDI) public hearing regarding the WCIRB’s July 1, 2018 Pure Premium Rate Filing which was submitted to the CDI on April 9, 2018. Read More >
The WCIRB Classification and Rating Committee will meet on May 8, 2018 at the WCIRB’s office in Oakland, California. Read More >
Enrollment is now open for Ownership and Experience Rating, the newest course offered from WCIRB CompEssentials. Read More >
The WCIRB has released its enhanced Quarterly Experience Report based on statewide workers’ compensation insurer loss and premium experience through December 31, 2017. Read More >
The CDI announced that it will hold a public hearing on May 2, 2018 to consider the WCIRB’s July 1, 2018 Pure Premium Rate Filing Read More >
Today, the WCIRB submitted a July 1, 2018 Pure Premium Rate Filing to the California Department of Insurance (CDI) proposing advisory pure premium rates that average $1.80 per $100 of payroll effective July 1, 2017. Read More >
The WCIRB Governing Committee voted to authorize the WCIRB to submit a mid-year pure premium rate filing to the California Department of Insurance (CDI).  Read More >
The WCIRB Governing Committee will meet on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at the WCIRB’s office in Oakland, California. The Governing Committee will review the Actuarial Committee’s analysis of insurer experience as of December 31, 2017 and consider whether a mid-year pure premium rate filing is warranted. The full agenda, including the location and time of the meeting, is available in the Committee Meeting Documents page of the WCIRB’s website (wcirb.com). Read More >
The WCIRB Actuarial Committee will meet on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at the WCIRB’s office in Oakland, California. Read More >
In an open letter to the California workers' compensation community posted on WCIRB.com, President and CEO Bill Mudge underscores the WCIRB’s ongoing commitment to fostering a healthy workers’ compensation system, highlighting some of the WCIRB's key initiatives and accomplishments from the past year. Read More >
The WCIRB held its 102nd Annual Meeting in Oakland for the purpose of electing new insurer members to the Governing Committee and Classification and Rating Committee to fill vacancies created by expiring terms. Committee members elected at today’s meeting will serve a three-year term expiring at the Annual Meeting in 2021. The members elected the following: Read More >
The WCIRB Actuarial Committee will meet on Monday, March 19, 2018 at the WCIRB’s office in Oakland, California. Read More >
The WCIRB has released its Study of Chronic Opioid Use and Weaning in California Workers’ Compensation. This Study uses data from the WCIRB databases of medical transaction records and unit statistical reports to help understand the cost implications of chronic opioid use and the process of weaning injured workers off of opioids in California workers’ compensation. Key findings of the Study include: Read More >
The WCIRB Classification and Rating Committee will meet on March 20, 2018 at the WCIRB’s office in Oakland, California. At the meeting, the Committee will review draft classification studies for the following: Read More >
The WCIRB Classification and Rating Committee will meet on January 23, 2018 at the WCIRB’s office in Oakland, California. At the meeting, the Committee will review proposed amendments regarding the reporting of certain medical only claims, proposed changes to the explanatory page of the WCIRB experience rating worksheet, a draft Telecommunications study and a draft Aircraft Charter classification study. Read More >