California’s Rating Bureau WCIRB 8871 Webinar Today – Some New Insights
I just finished watching the WCIRB 8871 webinar. The webinar was only 30 minutes. Then again, how long can a group talk about the new classification code?
Very few changes were introduced from the previous WCIRB 8871 webinar that you can find here.
The Main Issues Learned Today – Important Ones
WCIRB will begin with the same rate as 8810 until they have enough data to start with an 8871 rate. Last year, two different premium auditors told me this was going to happen at the beginning.
Please click the thumbnail below to see the complete slide. The WCIRB will use almost the same rules as NCCI’s 8871 Classification Code.
The most important part of the classification code is the amount of time worked in the office or at home. If more than 50% of the employee’s time is in the office, the correct classification code is 8810.
WCIRB 8871 Webinar Answered my Question
I had sent in a question posed by one of our clients in Orange County, CA. How about 8868 – the teacher’s classification code – are we going to see any of the teachers considered as 8871 employees?
The answer was what I had thought – 8868 Teachers, Professors, Instructors is an inclusive code. So, any Standard Exceptions including 8871 (a standard exception code) would be considered 8868. Online teachers are still 8868.
NCCI – 8868 COLLEGE—PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES & CLERICAL – cross-referenced as School—Professional Employees & Clerical
WCIRB – Classification 8868, Colleges or Schools – private – not automobile schools – professors, teachers or academic professional employees, was amended to clarify its intended application and provide direction as to how related operations should be classified.
COLLEGES OR SCHOOLS – private – not automobile schools – professors, teachers or academic professional employees
Academic professional employees consist of but are not limited to, deans, chancellors, vice-chancellors, directors, principals, assistant principals, presidents, vice presidents, librarians, registrars, curriculum developers, psychologists, speech therapists, and counselors. The responsibilities of such employees typically include planning, directing, administering, counseling, or curriculum development.
This classification also applies to teachers’ aides, tutors, athletic team coaches, or library employees. This classification also applies to Independent Living Skills (ILS) instructional programs that are administered through state-contracted Regional Centers.
The above represents just the basic classification code rules for 8868, I did not include the alternate definitions of 8868 that would be under alternate class codes.
Telecommuters Are Part Of Your Company – even if not in CA
The reason that I have covered Telecommuters so much is that unless your company is in one of a few states that do not have 8871 as a classification – you are going to deal with this code for what could be a long period of time.
Many companies have now said (Microsoft(c), etc.) that employees will be working from home for a very extended period.
The presentation from today should be available by Friday. I will post a link to the webinar next week. I recommend watching the recording of the WCIRB 8871 webinar even if you do not have a business in CA.
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