WORKERS’ COMPENSATION INSURANCE EMPLOYEE NOTICE REQUIREMENTS FOR CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS
Under California Labor Code §3550, nearly all California employers must post a notice that includes the following:
The name of the employer’s current workers’ compensation carrier or, if the employer is self-insured, a statement to that effect and the identity of the person responsible for claims adjustment;
Advice to employees that all job accidents and injuries should be reported and the identity of the person to whom such incidents should be reported;
Advice concerning the employees’ rights to medical care and to select or change their treating physician;
Advice concerning the employees’ entitlement to indemnity payments and vocational rehabilitation services;
Advice that the employer may not be responsible for compensation for an injury resulting from an employee’s voluntary participation in any off-duty recreational, social, or athletic activity that is not part of the employee’s work-related duties;
The street address and telephone number of the nearest Information and Assistance Officer;
Emergency telephone numbers for physician, hospital, ambulance, police, and firefighting services.
There are no particular form requirements for this poster. However, it must be in clear and understandable language, and must be posted at a conspicuous location frequented by employees where it may be easily viewed by employees during normal work hours.
New Employee Notice
California Labor Code §3551 requires that every new employee be provided written notice of their rights, benefits and obligations under California Workers’ Compensation law. The notice must be provided at the time of hire or by the end of the first pay period.
Workers’ Compensation Claim Form (DWC – 1)
All California employees must be given the Workers’ Compensation Claim Form (DWC – 1) within one working day of the employer receiving notice or knowledge of workers’ compensation injury that results in a loss of time beyond the date of injury, or which results in medical treatment beyond first aid.
Work Place Crime Notice
California Labor Code §3553 requires nearly every California employer to provide any employee who is a victim of a crime that occurred at the employee’s place of employment with written notice that the employee is eligible for workers’ compensation for injuries that may have resulted from the place of employment crime.