Updates to Workers' Compensation Posting Requirements


The California Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) has finalized regulations requiring all employers within the state of California to post a new "Notice to Employees- Injuries Caused by Work." This notice must be posted in a conspicuous location frequented by all employees by October 8, 2010. The notice should include: the name of the workers' compensation insurance carrier, how to get medical treatment, emergency phone numbers, the types of illnesses and injuries covered by workers' compensation, advice that the employer may not be responsible for certain injuries, the employee's right to receive medical care and the right to designate a physician, the right of the employee to receive disability benefits, to whom the injuries should be reported, the time limits for employer-notification, protections against discrimination, the location and phone numbers of the nearest information or assistance officers, and a description of Medical Provider Networks (MPNs). In addition to the notice, employers must distribute a new "Your Rights to Workers' Compensation Benefits" pamphlet.

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