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CompWest Quarterly

Fourth Quarter 2016

AF Group Earns High Marks as a Best Place to Work

We’re proud to announce that AF Group – which includes CompWest and our three related brands (Accident Fund, Third Coast Underwriters and United Heartland) – has been selected as a Best Place to Work in Insurance for 2016 by Business Insurance. This year, AF Group earned second place in the large employer category (for the second year in a row) and first-place honors as an insurer/provider.

 “We are pleased that for the sixth year in a row, our organization has been recognized by Business Insurance as one of the best places to work in insurance,” said Lisa Corless, president of AF Group. “This repeated honor is a reflection of our amazing team and their efforts to build a fun, collaborative workplace culture — one that is focused on providing the best possible service to agents, policyholders, injured workers and each other.”

Business Insurance launched the Best Places to Work in Insurance program in 2009 to identify and recognize high-quality employers in the commercial insurance industry and honor them for creating workplaces that encourage employees to thrive. Accident Fund Holdings and its brands have an excellent reputation for creating a positive workplace culture focused on open communication and a commitment to inclusion and innovation. This atmosphere encourages employees to work hard and best serve our agents and policyholders.

These results are reflection of the outstanding team that is working to provide our partner agents with the service and results that distinguish us in the marketplace. We are grateful for your continued partnership as we conclude a successful year.  Read the Business Insurance article here.

New Inclusion/Exclusion Form Procedure

With the enactment of Assembly Bill 2883 (AB 2883), changes are coming to existing California laws governing workers’ compensation.  Effective Jan. 1, 2017, AB 2883 changes the definition of an employee and exclusions to the definition of employee set forth in sections 2251 and 3352 of the California Labor Code.  These changes will apply to in-force policies as well as new and renewal policies effective on or after this date.

For more information about the impact on our inclusion/exclusion process, and the updated forms, please click here.

If you have any questions about this change, please contact your business development consultant.

Renewing Your CAWC Designation

It’s that time again – year-end renewal invoicing for CAWC designations.  CAWC graduates receive a reminder notice by Nov. 1 of their renewal year, and the invoice in December, which is due by Jan. 1.  Renewal dates, which are bi-annual, are indicated in the letter sent to each CAWC graduate when they receive their CAWC certificate.

Ten continuing education credits are required to maintain the CAWC designation, including three hours of ethics and seven additional hours pertaining to any commercial class or workers’ compensation. A credit hour is 50 minutes; a half credit hour may be applied for half hour sessions.

Classes that are eligible for renewal credit are:

  • Any CE class or webinars offered by our organization
  • Kessler training programs that cover workers’ compensation Issues
  • CIC or CPCU classes that cover workers’ compensation issues
  • Work Comp seminars put on by professional agent associations.

It is simple and easy to report classes or webinars for credit. Click here and fill out the information. You will receive a confirmation e-mail letting you know your credits have been filed.

A $200 fee is required to renew your CAWC designation. For more information about renewing your designation, email the AF Group training team or click here.

CompWest’s Top 10

As CompWest continues to expand its appetite to meet the changing needs of our agent partners, we want to keep you informed about our largest areas of written business.

We’ve created a list of our top 10 written class codes during the past three months in both our Southern and Northern California regions.  This will be updated and shared with you quarterly.  For the full list, click here.

If you have any questions, please contact your business development consultant.

Don’t Forget to Look for Us on Social Media!

Have you connected with CompWest on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? We’re sharing information about important company initiatives, as well as workers’ compensation industry news that can help you in your business.  Be sure to connect with us today, so you can stay up-to-date on CompWest and industry activity.