The California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) is about to reach its half century. It is a private non-profit oriented organization that is licensed to write the claims for workers compensation California from both public and private employees. The main function of the institute is to generate an objective and reliable database that it can use to monitor trends in claim reporting. It also aids in helping members in evaluating their work and assessing the main issues encountered by the public policy makers and workers’ compensation community. Additionally it publishes a wide range of research material provides information and offers technical training to assist the industry experts stay abreast of the latest trends and changes. The institute serves as a forum to members where they can share their thoughts on system-wide issues and reach some consensus with practical solutions.
Based on its reputation industry wide perspective and research capabilities CWCI is distinctively positioned to provide and analyze data and offer practical insights on trends and issues impacting workers compensation California. The research conducted by the institute is typically based on the actual claims data gathered from the member companies. It is used to highlight issues and concerns within the compensation system assist in building consensus on practical solutions and to assess the impact of alternative proposals. Similarly the institute provides a platform to voice the concerns and industry perspectives through regulatory and legislative demonstration in key court cases. The publications and information committee meetings email alerts and educational seminars of the institute allow members and others in the community to stay abreast of all the new laws rules statutes regulations and other relevant events as they develop.
Full membership in CWCI is given to only those insurers who are licensed to write insurance policies against workers compensation California. Every insured member needs to pay an annual fee of $100 along with additional assessments based on the premium policy writings in California. On the other hand an associate membership in CWCI is given to only those employers who insure the liability against their workers’ compensation by themselves.
Both the public and private self-insured employers are eligible for this membership. The annual fixed fee for associate members is $50 and their annual assessment is dependent upon the payroll expenses.