|12 Months Ended|
Oct. 29, 2017
|Payables and Accruals [Abstract]|
Workers’ compensation insurance is purchased through mandated participation in certain state funds, and the experience-rated premiums in these state plans relieve the Company of any additional liability. Liability for workers’ compensation in all other states as well as automobile and general liability (collectively "casualty liability") is insured under a paid loss deductible casualty insurance program for losses exceeding specified deductible levels. The Company is financially responsible for losses below the specified policy deductible limits while losses incurred above the deductible limit are absorbed by the insurer. The casualty program is secured by a letter of credit against the Company's PNC Financing Program of $26.9 million as of October 29, 2017.
The Company recognizes expense and establishes accruals for amounts estimated to be incurred up to the policy deductible, both reported and not yet reported, policy premiums and related legal and other claims administration costs. The Company develops estimates for claims, as well as claims incurred but not yet reported, using actuarial principles and assumptions based on historical and projected claim incidence patterns, claim size and the length of time over which payments are expected to be made. Actuarial estimates are updated as loss experience develops, additional claims are reported or settled and new information becomes available. Any changes in estimates are reflected in operating results in the period in which the estimates are changed. Depending on the policy year, adjustments to final expected paid amounts are determined as of a future date, between four or five years after the end of the respective policy year or through the ultimate life of the claim. Expense recognized by the Company under its casualty insurance program amounted to $9.3 million, $11.8 million and $14.4 million in fiscal 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively.
The Company is self-insured for a portion of its medical benefit programs for its employees. Eligible contingent staff on assignment with customers are offered medical benefits through a fully insured program administered by a third-party. Employees contribute a portion of the cost of these medical benefit programs.
The liability for the self-insured medical benefits is limited on a per claimant basis through the purchase of stop-loss insurance. The Company’s retained liability for the self-insured medical benefits is determined utilizing actuarial estimates of expected claims based on statistical analysis of historical data. Amounts contributed by employees and additional amounts necessary to fund the self-insured program administered by the third party were transferred to a 501(c)(9) employee welfare benefit trust. The Company terminated the employee welfare benefit trust during October 2016. The Company records the expense associated with the expected losses, net of employee contributions, in Cost of services or Selling, administrative and other operating costs, depending on the employee’s role. Expense recognized by the Company under its self-insured medical benefit programs amounted to $7.1 million, $11.4 million and $8.5 million in fiscal 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively. In fiscal 2017, the expense was reduced by the release of a reserve related to the dissolution of the employee welfare benefit trust of $1.4 million.
The entire disclosure for accounts payable and accrued liabilities at the end of the reporting period.
Reference 1: http://www.xbrl.org/2003/role/presentationRef