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Employer Assessments Increasing by 56.1% as Lien Fee Revenues Drop

By Greg Jones (Deputy Editor)

Monday, December 4, 2017 | 1007 | 0 | 0 min read

California employers will pay $182.1 million more in assessments than they did last year to fund the operation of the Division of Workers’ Compensation and parts of some agencies within the Department of Industrial Relations, and that may be good news. Christine Baker Assessment notices mailed Thursday indicate the total amount the DIR will collect from insured and self-insured employers next year will increase 56.1% to $506.8 million, from $324.7 million. The difference can be explained largely by changes in collections for three accounts. The assessment for the Workers&...

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Marko Vucurevic Dec 4, 2017 12:09 PM

Fact check please: If not collecting the $150 filing fee equates to $100 million in savings, wouldn't that imply that there are over 650,000 liens that are not being filed this year? Is this true?

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Anne Rapolla Dec 6, 2017 09:16 AM

It is ironic that the diminution in lien filing fees has created such a dramatic increase in employer assessments. Reduced costs for administration of the Division of Workers' Compensation would probably result from a new wave of strict rules imposed on carriers and administrators who fail to review and pay treatment bills and liens promptly and correctly, without the necessity of invoking the assistance of IBR or the WCAB. The number of liens would again be reduced even further, along with the amount of time dedicated by the WCAB to adjudicate these nonpayment issues.

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