WCRIBMA Revises Rules on COVID-19 Paid Furloughed Employees

    Posted by MAIA on August 4, 2020

    WCRIBMAImageThe MA DOI has approved the Workers’ Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau of Massachusetts (WCRIBMA) revisions to the manual rules (Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation & Employers Liability Insurance Manual and Massachusetts Statistical Manual) related to COVID-19 pandemic.

    The revisions establish rules for:

    • Definitions, treatment, and reporting of payments by an employer to paid furloughed employees
    • Any claims attributable to paid furloughed employees
    • Reporting final premium for employers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic
    • The use of Statistical Code 0012 to report the payments to paid furloughed employees. 

    For more details about the revisions, read: WCRIBMA CIRCULAR LETTER NO. 2372.

    Information to Share with Your WC Clients

    To help address some of the most common questions from MA employers about how COVID-19 has impacted the MA workers’ comp marketplace, WCRIBMA prepared an FAQ sheet, which you may view or download using this link:  

    WCRIBMA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on COVID-19 Changes (Click to download pdf)

    We believe that it would be appropriate for agencies to send this link to your workers’ comp clients to make certain they are aware that, if they have any paid furloughed employees, they should be notifying their WC carrier with the listed information.  They will need to follow the required payroll tracking described in the FAQ for reporting purposes.

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    Topics: The Massachusetts Agent, Industry News, WC, COVID-19

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