Archive for September, 2010

New California Workers’ Compensation Regulations

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

New California Workers’ Compensation Regulations

Action required by October 8, 2010

Written Notice to New Employees: Effective October 8, 2010, every employer shall provide to each new employee, either at the time of hire or by the end of the first pay period, a written notice to new employees concerning the rights, benefits and obligations under workers’ compensation law as outlined in section 98880.  The distribution must be in English and Spanish and include a form that the employee may use as an optional method for notifying the employer of their choice to predesignate a “personal physician” per LC4600 and LC 4601.   When distributed with the Predesignation Form, the new posting notice (DWC-7) fulfills the requirements for new hire distribution when distributed to each new employee at the time of hire and again at the notice of injury.  Additionally, if an employer has implemented a Medical Provider Network (MPN), the full MPN implementation notice must be included in the new hire distribution as well.  Please note that it is advisable for all employers to include a check list and acknowledgement of receipt form with signature line to confirm the receipt of all notices included in the distribution.