Docket No. R2015-01

Workers’ Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau
of Massachusetts Filing for Admiralty and Federal
Employer’s Liability Act Class Rate Revisions

In accordance with the authority granted to the Commissioner of Insurance (“Commissioner”) under M. G. L. c. 152, §53A, a hearing will be held at 10:00 a.m. on January 20,  2016, at the Division of Insurance (“Division”), 1000 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts, to consider the request of the Workers’ Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau of Massachusetts (“WCRIB”), an unincorporated association licensed as a rating organization pursuant to M.G. L. c. 152 §52C, for a revision of the rules and rates applicable to workers’ compensation insurance for risks classified in the Admiralty and Federal Employer’s Liability Act Class (“Admiralty and FELA Class.”)  The proposed effective date for the revisions is July 1, 2016.      

The purpose of the hearing is to afford all interested persons an opportunity to provide evidence and testimony relating to the proposed revisions to the rules and rates applicable to the Admiralty and FELA Class so that the Commissioner can determine whether the proposed classifications and rates are excessive, inadequate, or unfairly discriminatory for the risks to which they apply and whether they fall within a range of reasonableness.  The proposed rates and supporting documentation that the WCRIB filed on December 2, 2015 and supplemented on December 8, 2015 may be inspected in the Division’s offices during normal business hours.

Any person who wishes to participate as an interested party in this hearing must comply with the procedures set forth in 211 CMR 110.05 (3).  Persons who wish to present unsworn oral or written statements at the January 20, 2016 hearing are asked to submit a notice of intent to comment no later than January 15, 2016.  All other persons who wish to speak will be heard after those who notify the Division in advance.  Any person who intends to introduce data at the hearing is urged to file such data with the Division in hard copy no later than January 12, 2016. 

All notices and submissions must be sent to the Docket Clerk, Hearings and Appeals, Division of Insurance, and must refer to Docket No. R2015-01.  Notices of intent to comment may be sent by electronic mail to

December 21, 2015


                                                                        Daniel R. Judson

                                                                        Commissioner of Insurance