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Posted: 2018-01-13 08:40

A: The California Code of Regulations (CCR) clearly states that broker-agents or insurance companies cannot guarantee or in any way promise the payment amount of future Workers Compensation dividends (see Title 65, Chapter 5, Subchapter 8, Article 9, Section 7555).A broker-agent or other company representative can provide past dividend payment amounts for illustration purposes, but the policyholder dividend statement cannot directly or indirectly imply the amount of future dividend an employer feels that a broker-agent or company representative is in any way misrepresenting their dividend plan, especially by directly or indirectly promising future dividend results, then they should contact the CDI immediately through the information provided in the "Talk to Us" section of this brochure.

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Executive officers and directors of corporations must be included in Workers Compensation coverage, unless the corporation is fully owned by the directors and officers. If the directors and officers fully own the corporation, then they may elect to be excluded from Workers Compensation benefits. Fully owned corporations may want to discuss the option to include or exclude their officers and directors with a licensed commercial broker-agent.

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When disputes arise regarding a Workers Compensation claim, the Information and Assistance Unit upon contact will attempt to resolve the they are unable to resolve the dispute, then a formal application for adjudication (dispute resolution) can be filed with the Workers Compensation Appeals Information and Assistance Unit may be able to help filing the application to the Appeals Board unless an attorney has been Workers Compensation Appeals Board has exclusive jurisdiction over dispute resolution.

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The final premium of a Workers Compensation policy cannot be calculated until the policy term is over and the employer's payroll records have been final audit of payroll records determines if the initial payroll estimate was either high or low. If the payroll has gone up from the estimate, then the employer will owe additional premium. If the payroll has gone down from the estimate, then the insurance company will owe the employer a return premium. Since many companies experience fluctuating payrolls, some workers compensation insurers offer a monthly payroll reporting option. If an employer does not qualify for monthly reporting (usually due to payroll size), then the employer can work closely with their broker-agent or company underwriter to report any large payroll fluctuations during the policy term. Corrected payroll estimates during the policy term can help minimize the possibility of a large premium audit bill or a large return premium, which can significantly affect the cash flow of a business.

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Workers Compensation insurers assign a specific rate to each occupational classification code.   rates must be filed with the CDI. Currently, California Workers Compensation insurers operate under an "open" rating system. This open rating system means that individual companies set rates based on their ability to adequately cover losses and expenses in each classification (occupational business class). Open rating requires that all Workers Compensation insurers file their rates and all applicable supplementary rate information to the CDI. Rate approval is based on many of the most important factors for rate approval is rate adequacy. Rates must be adequate to maintain the solvency of an insurance company. Adequate rates also act to secure the proper surplus monies insurance companies are required to have in order to meet potential and continuing claim obligations. The Insurance Commissioner will not approve rates if they are inadequate to cover an insurer's losses and expenses, unfairly discriminatory, or create a monopoly in the marketplace. The Commissioner does not have the authority under law to disapprove rates that may be considered excessive only.

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Workers Compensation coverage is offered under Part One of a Workers Compensation insurance policy. In Part One, the insurance company agrees to promptly pay all benefits and compensation due to an injured worker. These payments are imposed on the employer by Workers Compensation law or laws of the state or states listed on the Declarations page of the policy. Workers Compensation insurance is considered the exclusive remedy for injured employees. What this means is that an employer assumes absolute liability for all worker injuries and the Workers Compensation benefits are the remedy and sole source of funds for the injured worker. An injured employee covered under Workers Compensation cannot sue his/her employer for damages.

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Sometimes a business owner (sole-proprietor) may desire to purchase Workers Compensation insurance to cover himself/herself only. The inclusion of a sole-proprietor must be clearly stated in the Workers Compensation policy or must be added as a coverage endorsement to the policy. Since Workers Compensation insurance is a type of liability insurance where the employer assumes complete liability for all worker injuries, a Workers Compensation policy for a sole-proprietor may not be the best choice.


When a work-related injury or illness occurs to an employee, and the employer is unlawfully uninsured for Workers Compensation, the employee can file a claim with the Uninsured Employers Benefits Trust Fund. The Uninsured Employers Benefits Trust fund steps in and handles Workers Compensation claims when the employer has secured no insurance or has failed to pay or post a bond in order to pay the compensation owed the employee due to work-related injury or illness. An attempt is made by the Uninsured Employers Benefits Trust Fund to recover any amount paid on behalf of an uninsured employer. Please see the "Resources" section of this brochure for contact information regarding the Uninsured Employers Benefits Trust Fund.

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A commercial broker-agent can assist a business with purchasing Workers Compensation insurance from a licensed insurance company and can assist with information on State Fund and self-insurance. Also, information on insurance companies licensed to sell Workers Compensation insurance and an online rate comparison of the top 55 Workers Compensation insurers can be accessed on the California Department of Insurance (CDI) Web site at .

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The primary insurer and the reinsuring company must be authorized (or licensed, if that is required) to transact business within the state where the property is located. The reinsurance agreement must have a “cut-through” endorsement that provides for the reinsurer to become immediately liable for 655% of any loss payable by the primary insurer in the event that the primary insurer becomes insolvent.

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If Fannie Mae will rely on the servicer’s impairment policy that covers the loan or the property as a type of reinsurance arrangement, the issuer of the mortgage impairment (or mortgagee interest) policy must meet either one of the . Best general policyholder’s ratings or one of the Standard and Poor’s claims-paying ability ratings listed previously.

Reinsurance arrangements — The policies of an insurer that does not meet Fannie Mae’s rating requirement will be accepted if the insurer is covered by reinsurance with a company that does meet either one of the . Best general policyholder’s ratings or one of the Standard and Poor’s claims-paying ability ratings listed previously.

A: Insurance companies have minimum premium amounts in place to cover the expenses involved in issuing and servicing the payroll of a company is small, it is possible that the premium generated from the premium calculation will be very low. If the calculated premium is so low that the insurer cannot meet even basic expenses, it is not a sound financial practice to insure the risk, as the insurer would be losing money before any claim had occurred. By setting a minimum premium, an insurance company determines the smallest acceptable premium that they are willing to charge in order to accept a risk. Each insurance company must file their minimum premium requirements as part of their rating plan with the CDI.

But, tellingly, Republicans almost never speak explicitly about getting rid of pre-existing condition protections. Over the years, even as they were coming up with plans to weaken or eliminate the new insurance rules, they would promise publicly to keep those protections for pre-existing conditions in place. As recently as Friday, during an address to the nation’s governors, Vice President Mike Pence said the “legislation ensures that every American with preexisting conditions has access to the coverage and care they need ― no exceptions.”

If a work-related injury or illness results in permanent impairment to an employee, the employee may become eligible for permanent disability benefits. The amount (percentage) the employee receives depends on the extent of the physical injury or disfigurement and consideration being given to an employee's diminished future earning capacity. Other factors that are considered when calculating permanent disability include: the date of injury, the age of the employee when injured, and the employee's occupation. Due to recent changes in Workers Compensation law, The Division of Workers Compensation [DWC] may institute additional regulations to help calculate permanent disability benefits. Current Workers Compensation law sets the benefit amount and the maximum amount payable, and the benefits are paid every two weeks until the maximum amount is reached or a lump sum settlement is made.

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This benefit is in effect a nontransferable voucher for education-related retraining and/or skill enhancement that is payable to a state approved or accredited school if the date of injury is on or after 56/56/59. To qualify for this benefit, the injury must result in permanent disability, the injured employee does not return to work within 65 days after temporary disability ends, and the employer does not offer modified or alternative work.  There is a maximum voucher amount set by law and the amount varies based upon the extent of permanent disability.

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