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Chapter 8. Office of the Director
Subchapter 2. Administration of Self-Insurance Plans
Article 3. Security Deposit Requirements

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§15210. Security Deposit.

(a) Public self insurers are not required to post or maintain a security deposit with the Director for workers' compensation liabilities.

(b) Individual Private self insurers shall post and maintain a security deposit, in accordance with the provisions of Labor Code Section 3701 and the requirements of Article 3 of this subchapter 2 and/or in accordance with Labor Code Section 3701.8 and Article 3.1 of this subchapter 2.

(c) The minimum required security deposit pursuant to Labor Code Section 3701 for existing, private self insurers shall be equal to the self insurer's losses at the undiscounted ‘expected level’ also commonly referred to as the undiscounted ‘actuarial central estimate’, including each of the following components: incurred but not reported (IBNR) liabilities, Allocated loss adjustment expense (ALAE), and Unallocated loss adjusted expense (ULAE), net of specific excess insurance coverage.

The required deposit may be increased at the Director's discretion as set forth in Article 3 of these regulations.

(d) New individual private self insurers shall initially post a security deposit pursuant to Labor Code Section 3701 in an amount equal to the greater of the following:

(1) The prior three (3) years' incurred liability; or

(2) The statutory minimum required by Labor Code Section 3701(b); or

(3) A higher amount approved by the Director.

(e) The addition of a new subsidiary or affiliate private self insurer to the holder of an existing individual private Certificate to Self Insure shall initially post a security deposit pursuant to Labor Code Section 3701 in an amount equal to the greater of the following:

(1) The average one year incurred liability for the new subsidiary or affiliate self insurer based upon the prior three years' incurred liability; or

(2) A higher amount approved by the Director.

(f) Security deposit shall be posted in the form of:

(1) A surety bond executed on State issued bond and rider forms pursuant to Section 15212 of these regulations;

(2) An irrevocable letter of credit issued by a bank or savings institution or other financial institution pursuant to Section 15215 of these regulations;

(3) Approved securities in the form of government issued or corporate issued securities, meeting the requirements of Section 15213 of these regulations;

(4) Cash in trust deposited pursuant to requirements of Section 15214 of these regulations; or

(5) Any combination of one or more of the above four types of security deposit.

(g) Failure of an individual private self insured employer to maintain the required amount of deposit or to post an acceptable form of deposit as set forth in this Article shall be good cause for assessment of civil penalties pursuant to Labor Code Section 3702.9(a) by the Chief and/or, in the Director's discretion, revocation of the Certificate to Self Insure.

(h) Failure of an individual private self insured employer to post and maintain the required amount of security deposit for a period of 60 days shall be good cause for the Chief to summarily revoke a Certificate of Consent to Self-Insure. The summary revocation of the Self Insurer's Certificate of Consent will provide for a 15-day notice of termination, without a hearing.

(1) Notwithstanding subsection (h) above, the individual private self insured employer may still request a hearing on the Chief's Revocation Order before the Director as provided in Article 11 of this subchapter 2.

(2) An individual private self insurer requesting a hearing pursuant to subsection (h)(1) shall be required to provide proof of workers' compensation coverage under a policy from an admitted carrier for the period of time without security deposit or proof of compliance with the Chief's request to post security.

Note: Authority cited: Sections 54, 55, 3701.8 and 3702.10, Labor Code. Reference: Sections 59, 3700, 3701, 3701.5, 3701.8, 3702, 3702.3, 3702.6, 3702.10 and 3740-3745, Labor Code.

HISTORY

1. Amendment of article heading, section heading and text and adoption of Note filed 12-22-92; operative 1-21-93 (Register 93, No. 2).

2. Change without regulatory effect amending subsection (f)(3) filed 8-27-98 pursuant to section 100, title 1, California Code of Regulations (Register 98, No. 35).

3. Change without regulatory effect amending subsections (c)(1) and (c)(3) filed 4-9-2003 pursuant to section 100, title 1, California Code of Regulations (Register 2003, No. 15).

4. Amendment of section and Note filed 5-30-2003 as an emergency; operative 5-30-2003 (Register 2003, No. 22). A Certificate of Compliance must be transmitted to OAL by 9-29-2003 or emergency language will be repealed by operation of law on the following day.

5. Certificate of Compliance as to 5-30-2003 order, including amendment of subsection (h)(1), transmitted to OAL 9-29-2003 and filed 11-12-2003 (Register 2003, No. 46).

6. Amendment filed 3-2-2009; operative 3-2-2009 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4 (Register 2009, No. 10).

7. Amendment of subsection (c), repealer of subsections (c)(1)-(3) and amendment of subsections (g)-(h)(2) filed 12-31-2012 as an emergency; operative 1-1-2013 pursuant to Government Code section 11346.1(d) (Register 2013, No. 1). A Certificate of Compliance must be transmitted to OAL by 7-1-2013 or emergency language will be repealed by operation of law on the following day.

8. Certificate of Compliance as to 1-1-2013 order transmitted to OAL 7-1-2013 and filed 8-13-2013 (Register 2013, No. 33).

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