California HR

Important change to the workers’ comp posting rules

The California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has just finalized regulations that change your posting requirements.

All employers in the state are required to post a new “Notice to Employees—Injuries Caused by Work” poster (Form DWC 7) no later than October 8, 2010, and the “Workers Compensation Claim Form” (Form DWC 1) has been revised as well.

Additionally, the regulations also amend the rules for employers who are part of a Medical Provider Network (MPN). The new regulations:

  • Allow MPN notices to be distributed electronically to all covered workers
  • Eliminate the 14-day MPN implementation and change of MPN notice period
  • Further define and streamline the MPN implementation notice
  • Reduce distribution of both the Change of MPN notices and the Termination/Cessation of Use of MPN notices only to covered injured workers
  • Eliminate only the filing of the Change of MPN notices with DWC
  • Clarify material modifications that require filing with DWC
  • Clarify provider listing requirements
  • Require MPN notices to be in Spanish only where there are Spanish-speaking employees
  • Require an MPN contact e-mail address to be included in notices
  • Require access to the MPN contact through the toll-free number

You only have until October 8 to get the new poster up, and failure to comply can subject you to fines of up to $7,000 per violation.

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