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  • Employer Requirements for Workers' Compensation California

    Hello,

    Would someone be able to tell me what an employer is required to do in California in terms of providing information to new hires?

    I know that employers are required to post WC information (carrier, MPN info, etc.), but are they required to give all new hires a pamphlet or other information about workers' compensation? Or is the posting enough?

    Thank you.

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    If you are the employer I would suggest that you talk to your WC carrier and do whatever they tell you to do. I can say that I have worked for 4 different large employers and none of them gave me WC information as part of the new hire package.
    "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away".
    Philip K. **** (1928-1982)

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      This has been asked/answered...http://www.laborlawtalk.com/showthread.php?t=279332
      There is info for employERs here http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/employer.htm, including publications, forms and how to contact an Information and Assistance officer at the WCAB.

      There is more to it that handing an employEE a pamphlet.
      You should, to protect the ER, notify all EE's at hire how to file a DWC-1 First Report of Injury/claim when there is injury. And/Or when there is knowledge of a MPN/Medical Provider Network in place.
      Your comp carrier should be providing you with much of this information and materials. There should be the mandated posters in the general workplace.

      The biggest cause for the ER/IC to lose control of the medical in a claim is failure to provide the advance directives. If you fail in providing the form, or MPN info timely, the IW may select a Dr/PTP...Primary Treating Physician of their choice. You cannot then compel the IW to move into an MPN.
      More medical treatment info is here http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/Employer.htm#2 with additional Fact Sheets for
      I know that employers are required to post WC information (carrier, MPN info, etc.), but are they required to give all new hires a pamphlet or other information about workers' compensation? Or is the posting enough?
      There are specific benefits to an ER providing as much info to newhires on how to access treatment in the event of injury/illness in the workplace, namely, MPN/Medical Provider Networks.
      The biggest reason for a ER/IC to lose control of the medical in a claim is non compliance in notifying the EE/IW of an MPN and requirement to select a PTP in that group.
      Prior to Apr/2004 and the provision of MPN's, this issue wasn't so important.
      The easiest way to ensure EE's are aware of the WC system is to develop a pamphlet for new hires.

      If you are an IW... and you have not been provided the required info on MPN's, you may treat with any Dr willing to participate in the WC claims process.

      The law requires posters in areas readily available to all employEEs.
      Pamphlet, that would be an ER's internal policy. IC's may have additional requirements.

      It would help to know if you are "ER" or "EE/IW"....Fact Sheets for ER/EE are here http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/dwc_home_page.htm
      Last edited by CAIW; 04-27-2011, 04:24 AM.

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