N.J.: 2023 WC overall rate level decreases 6.1%

November 16, 2022

The New Jersey Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau received approval from the Department of Banking and Insurance for a rate revision of -6.1% to become effective Jan. 1, 2023, applicable to new and renewal policies. The NJCRIB distributed Circular Letter No. 2039 detailing this rate revision, along with other changes presented in Manual Amendment Bulletin No. 508. NJCRIB had filed for a decrease of 4.7% in rates and rating values, but the DOBI mandated a further reduction of 1.4%.

Rate level. The cumulative effect of all filed rating element changes results in a final collectible premium level reduction of 6.1%. However, most individual classification rates will change based on the latest data reported in accordance with the Statistical Plan. The classification rates are published in Circular Letter No. 2039.

The elements included in the cumulative overall rate level are upward adjustments of 3.6% for loss experience, 1.2% for benefit changes and 0.3% for the loss adjustment expense, general expense, production expense, security fund, and the rating bureau expense. Countering these are a downward adjustment of 11.4% for trend factor.

The average rate change by industry group is: Manufacturing -6.7%; Contracting -7%; Office & Clerical -3.5%; Goods & Services -5.6%; and Miscellaneous -7.6%.

There is no change in the $0.03 per unit of exposure Foreign Terrorism Risk Premium Charge and the $0.01 per unit of exposure Domestic Terrorism, Earthquakes and Catastrophic Industrial Accidents Premium Charge.

Classification relativities. The year 2023 begins with a total of 550 classifications, including maritime and federal employments. Seven of these do not carry a rate assignment and another two of the rated classifications are left unchanged. Of those classifications remaining, 123 undergo increases and 418 undergo decreases. There is no change in rates for private residence employees.

Policy surcharges. There is an upward adjustment of the Second Injury Fund surcharge from 5.33% to 5.61% and the Uninsured Employers Fund surcharge remains at 0.0%.

Expense constant. The expense constant remains at $160 for all classifications, including residence employees.

Minimum premium. The minimum premium multiplier increases from 240 to 250, but the maximum minimum premium remains at $1,000.

Maximum/minimum payroll. The maximum weekly payroll to be used for active executive officers, individual proprietors, partners and LLC members changes from $3,050 to $3,150, and the minimum weekly payroll changes from $760 to $790. Also, the minimum yearly payroll for a member of a board of education changes from $7,900 to $8,220, and the minimum for other appointed or elected officers changes from $1,580 to $1,640.

Benefits. The maximum weekly disability benefit is increased from $1,065 to $1,099 and the minimum benefit is increased from $284 to $293. In the case of permanent partial disabilities, the range of maximum benefit will be from $293 to $1,099, with no change in the minimum weekly benefit of $35.

PPAP factor. The Plan Premium Adjustment Program minimum factor is applied to standard premium in order to reflect the risks inherent in the residual market. This factor remains at 20%.

Schedule Rating Plan. The schedule rating credit and debit maximum remains at 25%.

Classifications. Payroll amounts have been revised in the footnotes of pertinent class codes.

Other changes. Included with the NJCRIB filing are changes to experience-rating factors/tables and retrospective rating values.

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About the author…

Dan Corbin, CPCU, CIC, LUTC

Dan Corbin joined the PIA team in 1992 and is the association’s director of research. His insurance background spans 45 years, with varied experience as agency owner, commercial service representative, producer, personal-lines manager and insurance specialist for a mortgage lender. Each year, he responds to approximately 800 technical inquiries from members. Dan is a member of the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter Society and the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors. On Jan. 1, 2021, he became a contracted provider of membership services.

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