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Important Information Regarding Rate Deviation Filings

Carriers are reminded that in order to retain any currently approved deviation or scheduled rating plan without alteration beyond March 31, 2014, they must do so by submitting a Notice to Reviewer in its currently approved SERFF filing on or before March 31, 2014. Refer to Circular Letter 2240.

Rate Filing

The Commissioner of Insurance has approved a Stipulation for the general revision of workers' compensation rates, effective 12:01 A.M., April 1, 2014, applicable to new and renewal policies. The stipulation includes no change in overall average rate level; however, most individual class rates will change to reflect industry group differentials and new class relativities. The Massachusetts Construction Classification Premium Adjustment Program will be revised and use a new table of credits by hourly wage and also use a new factor in the experience rating offset calculation. Rating values in the Experience Rating Plan and the Retrospective Rating Plan will be revised, as well as premium credits in the Massachusetts Benefits Deductible Program and Massachusetts Benefits Claim and Aggregate Deductible Program. Refer to Circular Letter 2236 for the list of revised items.

The rates and rating values effective 4/1/2014 are available by selecting Rates and Miscellaneous Rating Values in Manuals - Rates - Rating Values.

Notice - Processing Fee for Hard Copy Application Submissions

Please be advised that effective February 15, 2013, any producer submitting a MA WC Assigned Risk Pool application using the hard copy (mail, walk-in, or third party delivery) application process will be subject to a $10 processing fee per application. The $10 service fee should not be submitted with the application; rather the producer group will be billed for these fees on a quarterly basis.  Click on Notice link above for details.

Payroll Determination for Sole Proprietors, Partners of Legal Partnerships & Members of an LLC

Effective October 1, 2013 the basis of premium for sole proprietors, partners of a legal partnership, and members of an LLC who elect to become employees and obtain workers' compensation insurance is $43,000. Refer to Circular Letter #2226.

Audit Guidelines for Sole Proprietor and Partnership Certificates of Insurance

Refer to Circular Letter #2199 issued July 3, 2012.

Massachusetts Independent Contractor / Misclassification Law

The Attorney General's Office has released an Advisory on the Massachusetts Independent Contractor/Misclassification Law (M.G.L. c. 149, s. 148B). The Commonwealth’s Independent Contractor Law was designed to protect workers and ensure a level playing field among employers. The Advisory articulates the purposes of the law and provides guidance on the three prong test and other areas of the Law. In addition, the Advisory includes Enforcement Guidelines describing the areas of concern and factors which may be used by the Attorney General's Office in making a determination about enforcement.
Advisory on the Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law issued May 1, 2008
2004 Advisory from the Attorney General



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