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What are Workers Comp Standard Exception Codes?


Standard Exception Codes 8810

I posted on the most used Standard Exception Codes (8810) earlier this week, I thought it would be good to cover the subject again. I had posted on this subject back on October 16, 2008. That post is listed in the archived posts further down on the right side of this blog.

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We will use NCCI Standard Exception Codes – classifications that are common to many businesses and that are generally not allowed to be designated as the governing classification. The governing classification is the class code that produces the most payroll in a business.

The Standard Exception Codes are:

8810 – Clerical
8742 – Salespersons or Collectors – Outside
8871 – Clerical Telecommuter Employees
7380 – Drivers, Chauffeurs, Messengers, and Their Helpers NOC—Commercial
8748 – Automobile Salespersons

Please note that each of these codes has many subheadings. The Classification Code 8810 has pages and pages of explanation on the code. Is there an overall guide to what jobs fit all of these codes? The NCCI has the Scopes Manual which is supposed to be used by all insurance personnel that rate or audit companies’ Workers Comp payrolls and premiums.

One caveat to the Standard Exception Codes is that premium auditors are trained in and are very adept at analyzing the above Class Codes. We often see in our audits for employers where the auditor has moved the payroll amounts from the Standard Exception Codes to other codes.

If you feel that one of your workers was moved to a Class Code that does not match their job, you should question the premium auditor at the time of audit and raise a dispute if you have received your premium audit bill.  Always request the audit workpapers.  These documents show the auditor’s thinking when auditing your records to determine your final policy premium for that year.

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Raleigh, NC, United States

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James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Management Consultants, Inc. in 1996. J&L’s mission is to reduce our clients’ Workers Compensation premiums by using time-tested techniques. J&L’s claims, premium, reserve and Experience Mod reviews have saved employers over $9.8 million in earned premiums over the last three years. J&L has saved numerous companies from bankruptcy proceedings as a result of insurance overpayments.

James has over 27 years of experience in insurance claims, audit, and underwriting, specializing in Workers’ Compensation. He has supervised, and managed the administration of Workers’ Compensation claims, and underwriting in over 45 states. His professional experience includes being the Director of Risk Management for the North Carolina School Boards Association. He created a very successful Workers’ Compensation Injury Rehabilitation Unit for school personnel.

James’s educational background, which centered on computer technology, culminated in earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA); an Associate in Claims designation (AIC); and an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM). He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a licensed financial advisor. The NC Department of Insurance has certified him as an insurance instructor. He also possesses a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science.

LexisNexis has twice recognized his blog as one of the Top 25 Blogs on Workers’ Compensation. J&L has been listed in AM Best’s Preferred Providers Directory for Insurance Experts – Workers Compensation for over eight years. He recently won the prestigious Baucom Shine Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer contributions to the area of risk management and safety. James was recently named as an instructor for the prestigious Insurance Academy.

James is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the North Carolina Mid-State Safety Council. He has published two manuals on Workers’ Compensation and three different claims processing manuals. He has also written and has been quoted in numerous articles on reducing Workers’ Compensation costs for public and private employers. James publishes a weekly newsletter with 7,000 readers.

He currently possess press credentials and am invited to various national Workers Compensation conferences as a reporter.

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