Revised Workers’ Compensation Notice Must Be Posted

Fourth Quarter 2010Newsletters California Update Employment Law

California’s Department of Workers’ Compensation released regulations that require all in-state employers to post the new version of the Notice to Employees – Injuries Caused by Work by October 8, 2010. The notice must be posted in a conspicuous location frequented by employees. Failure to post the notice by the October deadline can result in up to $7,000 in civil penalties.

In addition to posting the new Notice by October 8, 2010, all California employers must distribute the new Your Rights to Workers’ Compensation Benefits pamphlet to all employees who start work on or after October 8, 2010, at the time of hire or before the end of the first pay period. Employers can find the new notice online at the California Division of Workers’ Compensation web site.

Employers with an existing Medical Provider Network (MPN) must create an MPN Notice and post it next to the revised Notice to Employees – Injuries Caused by Work poster by October 8, 2010. Also, any employee injured at work on or after October 8, 2010, must be given a copy of the newly created MPN Notice.

If you are implementing, changing or terminating your MPN, you must create an MPN Notice and post it next to the revised Notice to Employees – Injuries Caused by Work poster by October 8, 2010. Give the same complete MPN Notice created to any employee injured at work on or after October 8, 2010. Lastly, be sure to give all employees notice that you are implementing, terminating or changing the MPN.