What’s New with Worker’s Compensation

Robin Noah

Author: Robin Noah

Executive Coaches of Orange County

www.ECofOC.org

Legislative reforms enacted between 2002 and 2004 launched a major overhaul of the California Workers’ Compensation system.  The CWCI California Workers Compensation Institute noted that “… over the past 6 years there has been a steady stream of regulatory activity.”

What is currently new is the requirement for employers to post newly revised claim forms and other Workers Comp materials no later than October 8, 2010 the effective date of the changes.  The notice regarding these changes was originally sent by the CWCI September 15, 2010. Employers need to have as much information as they can gather to ensure compliance as the penalties for failure to comply are hefty.

The new instructions require that all California employers:

  1. Post a new version of the Notice to Employees – Injuries Caused by Work, by                 October 8, 2010. Failure to post the notice by the October deadline can result in a misdemeanor and up to $7,000 in civil penalties.
  2. Distribute the new Your Rights to Workers’ Compensation Benefits pamphlet to all new employees who:  a) start work on or after October 8, 2010, b) at the time of hire or c) before the end of the first pay period.

Companies that have Medical Provider Networks -– MPN – have additional requirements.  You will need to create a complete MPN Notice and post it next to the revised Notice to Employees—Injuries Caused by Work poster.  The CWCI will assist you in developing the form.

Employers who are implementing, changing or terminating an MPN must also post a complete MPN Notice next to the Notice to Employees—Injuries Caused by Work poster by October 8, 2010.

CWCI will conduct a one-day seminar October 18 in Long Beach and October 20 in San Francisco to educate employers and insurance industry professionals on recently adopted regulations affecting key areas of workers” compensation

Talk with your Worker Compensation Insurance Agent about these requirements.  I also encourage you to visit the CWCI web site for additional information – www.cwci.org.