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Chapter 8. Office of the Director
Subchapter 2. Administration of Self-Insurance Plans
Article 3. Security Deposit Requirements
§15210.1. Adjustments in the Amount of Security Deposit.
(a) Pursuant to Labor Code Section 3701, the security deposit requirement of each individual private self insured employer shall be reviewed by the Manager at least annually following receipt of the private Self-Insurer's Annual Report.
(b) The individual private self insurer shall post any annual increase in security deposit required pursuant to Labor Code Section 3701 indicated in the deposit calculations contained in the Self-Insurer's Annual Report or as determined by the Manager due to an audit, change in the self-insured employer's program or change in deposit rate. The deposit shall cover both prior known liabilities; plus an advance deposit for the current year liabilities based on an average estimated future liability of claims for the past five years; minus credit for liabilities above the retention level of specific excess workers' compensation insurance policies as reported on the current year annual report. This deposit posting is due no later than May 1 each year.
(c) No reduction or decrease in security deposit shall be made without prior written authorization of the Manager. The Manager shall review each individual private certificate holder's annual report and the certificate holder's file no less frequently than annually to determine the extent to which a decrease in deposit, if any, may be authorized.
(d) For good cause, the Manager shall require the individual private self insurer to post and maintain additional security deposit or adjust the deposit rate for a specific private self insurer above the statutory minimum deposit set forth in Labor Code Sections 3701, 3701.7, and 3701.8. Good cause includes, but is not limited to, understated future liability of claims on the Self-Insurer's Annual Report; a pattern of understated liabilities in claim files audited in an audit; failure to report all claims; poor administration of claims or payment of benefits due injured workers found in the audit results of the Office of Benefits Audits and Enforcement in the Division of Workers' Compensation or audits by Self Insurance Plans; lack of an effective safety and health program as indicated by final citations issued by the Division of Occupational Safety and Health showing repeat or willful violation of safety and health regulations; impairment of financial condition of the self insurer; the result of evaluation of an application to self-insure; or to cover a period of unlawful self insurance; or being required to post security deposit in whole or part pursuant to Section 3701.8 of the Labor Code and Article 3.1 (commencing with Section 15220) of this subchapter 2.
(e) Whenever the Manager determines that a deposit increase is required, the Manager shall send written notice to the individual private self insurer pursuant to Labor Code Section 3701(b) and (j). Notice of the amount of deposit due shall create a perfected security interest for the Self Insurer's Security Fund.
(f) Any increase in the security deposit requirement for an individual private self insurer following the Manager's determination that estimated future liabilities had been understated on the private employer's Self Insurer's Annual Report, shall be reported to the Security Fund. The Security Fund shall be authorized to adjust the deposit assessment for the alternative composite deposit.
|| Note: Authority cited: Sections 54, 55, 3701.8 and 3702.10, Labor Code. Reference: Sections 59, 3700, 3701, 3701.5, 3701.7, 3701.8, 3702, 3702.3, 3702.6, 3702.10, 3740, 3741, 3742, 6319(f), 6401.7, Labor Code.
1. New section filed 12-22-92; operative 1-21-93 (Register 93, No. 2).
2. Change without regulatory effect amending subsection (e) filed 8-27-98 pursuant to section 100, title 1, California Code of Regulations (Register 98, No. 35).
3. 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.
4. Certificate of Compliance as to 5-30-2003 order transmitted to OAL 9-29-2003 and filed 11-12-2003 (Register 2003, No. 46).
5. Amendment filed 3-2-2009; operative 3-2-2009 pursuant to Government Codesection 11343.4 (Register 2009, No. 10).
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