Pennsylvania Workers’ Comp Rates to Decline for Some This Month

April 1, 2014

The Pennsylvania Departments of Insurance and Labor & Industry announced a 5.15 percent workers’ compensation rate reduction, effective April 1.

“As a result of this action, we estimate that Pennsylvania employers will experience annual savings in workers’ compensation insurance costs of approximately $140 million,” Commissioner Consedine said. “This is the third workers’ compensation insurance decrease since 2012 and we see this as a very positive trend. Total savings for the past three years is approximately $410 million.”

The rate reduction is due to the Insurance Department’s approval of the Pennsylvania Compensation Rating Bureau’s annual loss cost filing. These loss costs are used to determine the premiums businesses pay for workers’ compensation insurance.

The premium savings for an individual employer will vary based on the employer’s risk classification, claims experience and other factors. Not all employers will see a decrease.

More than 10,530 state-certified workplace safety committees have been established since March 1994, protecting more than 1,396,306 workers. Additionally, employers with certified workplace safety committees have saved close to $524.3 million in workers’ compensation premiums. These savings in insurance costs are due solely to the five-percent premium discount provided to businesses that have these committees.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Insurance; Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry

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