Nevada Workers Compensation Rates 2019 are Some of the Lowest in the Country
Effective March 1, Nevada Workers Compensation Rates in 2019 will be declining by 8.1%. According to the Oregon Premium Rate Ranking Study Nevada was the 46th most expensive state in the country to buy Workers’ Comp Insurance. The cost for coverage in Nevada is 71% of the national median. Each individual class code will see varying amounts of savings depending upon class code and experience modification rating. The range of changes in premium are between -29% and +15%. A sizable majority of classifications would receive decreases, often substantial decreases, as a result of this filing. A few still will see an increase in what they pay.
How is the Nevada Workers Compensation System Unique?
In the state of Nevada all businesses, must be covered by workers’ compensation insurance. Nevada operates under what is referred to as a no-fault system. A no fault system protects employees by providing medical and disability benefits along with some lost wages. The system also protects employers by limiting liability in the event of a workplace injury.
In the past Nevada was a monopolistic state. Being a monopolistic state means the employer must obtain workers compensation insurance from a compulsory state fund or qualify as a self-insurer. This means all businesses that operate within the state must purchase coverage from one provider. There is no open market for coverage. To be self insured, the business must meet certain financial criteria to qualify.
Currently, Nevada is an NCCI state. This means the state pool for high risk businesses that have been denied coverage on the open market is administered by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI). Typically states who partner with NCCI enjoy more favorable rates on workers comp coverage.
Why are Nevada Workers Compensation Rates Declining?
Nevada Workers Compensation Rates are declining significantly in 2019. This is because of a number of reasons. The payroll cap is one factor, most other states do not implement that somewhat contribute to lower rates on premium in Nevada. What a payroll cap means is that most states require the full payroll of all covered employees to be factored in the insurance premium. The rate is multiplied by each $100 in payroll. After this additional debits or credits are applied. Nevada only requires the first $36,000 of payroll for each covered employee, which reduces insurance premiums for businesses with employees who have higher salaries.
Also contributing to lower workers comp rates, is declining claims frequency. This is a trend that is happening throughout the country. Most people credit improvements in automation and workplace safety for the decline in claims frequency.