Texas Workers' Compensation Rate Guide
Basis of Rates Tables
- Basis of Rates - June 1, 2014, Loss Costs
- Basis of Rates - June 1, 2013, Loss Costs
- Basis of Rates - June 1, 2013, Relativities
- Basis of Rates - June 1, 2011, Relativities
Relativities will not be amended effective June 1, 2014.
This rate guide is published to assist you in comparison shopping for your workers’ compensation coverage. A company may choose to base its rates on (1) the Texas workers’ compensation classification relativities (relativities) established by the Commissioner of Insurance (Commissioner); (2) its own independent company-specific relativities filed by the company; or (3) loss costs filed by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), which is an advisory organization to the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI).
The relativities established by the Commissioner and the independent company-specific relativities filed by the company represent the relationship between classifications. Companies that choose to use the relativities as a basis for their rates file a deviation factor, which takes into consideration the company’s experience. The relativities and the company’s deviation are intended to cover the indemnity and medical benefits provided under the workers’ compensation system in Texas, as well as profits, taxes and expenses for the company.
The loss costs filed by NCCI for each classification are intended to cover the indemnity and medical benefits provided under the workers’ compensation system in Texas, as well as the expenses associated with providing these benefits. Companies that choose to use the loss costs as a basis for their rates file a loss cost multiplier (LCM), which contemplates any other expenses associated with providing workers’ compensation insurance, such as agents’ commissions, profits and taxes for the company.
You will note that the relativity is higher than the loss cost for each classification. The ultimate impact of the different rate bases on final rates charged on a workers’ compensation policy will depend primarily on the company adjustment, in the form of the deviation factor for relativities or the LCM for loss costs.
Texas employers are assigned one or more classifications based on the type of business. Each employee´s payroll is then assigned to the appropriate classification. The total payroll for each classification is then multiplied by the company’s rate for that classification (rate per $100 payroll) to determine premium. The employer´s basic premium is the sum of the individual classification premiums.
The Texas classifications may differ significantly from those used in other states because they are specific to Texas businesses. Companies must use Texas classifications, but the rates for the individual classifications differ from one company to another.
To determine the rate for a specific classification, you multiply the relativity by the deviation factor for a specific company or multiply the loss cost by the LCM for a specific company. For example, the June 1, 2011, relativity for Code 5551 (Roofing) is 17.96. If a company files a deviation factor of .95, then the rate for Code 5551 using relativities is 17.06 (17.96 X .95 = 17.06) per $100 payroll. The June 1, 2012, loss cost for Code 5551 (Roofing) is 7.25. If a company files an LCM of 1.50, then the rate for Code 5551 using the loss cost is 10.88 (7.25 X 1.50 = 10.88) per $100 payroll.
There are other factors that may be utilized to increase or decrease the employer´s premium. An experience rating modifier that reflects the employer´s past loss history may be applied to the premium. The employer may be able to negotiate the experience modifier downward if it has improved loss ratios or implemented improved safety programs. A schedule rating debit or credit may be applied to the premium depending on individual characteristics of the employer´s business that may not be reflected in the rate. In addition, there are optional rating plans that may reduce premiums, such as deductibles or retrospective rating, which are available to eligible insureds.
The Basis of Rates Tables list the relativities established by the Commissioner and the loss costs filed by NCCI.
The Listing of Companies by Group & Filing Information is arranged alphabetically by company group and lists each company that has made a rate filing. This section indicates the company’s basis for calculating workers’ compensation rates, such as (i) relativities established by the Commissioner and the company’s deviation factor, (ii) independent company-specific relativities developed by the company and its deviation factor or (iii) loss costs filed by NCCI and the company’s LCM.
This section also indicates the maximum and minimum schedule rating debit or credit percentages that each company has filed. Schedule rating is optional and allows the company to adjust the premium based on individual characteristics of the business. The criteria and debits and credits do not have to be standard between companies.
The Company/Group Index lists each company alphabetically and indicates the name of the group each company is in.
This rate guide is updated periodically based on the filings made by companies. If you want to ask a specific company about getting a quote, call the number shown in the rate guide and ask for a quote or contact your insurance agent. We furnish toll-free numbers, where possible. The number shown in the guide may be an out-of-state office, so be sure to say you are calling for a Texas quote. Each company within a group may have different rates, so check to see if your business qualifies for coverage with the company that offers the lowest rates.
We hope you find this rate guide helpful.
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Last updated: 02/13/2014