New Workers’ Comp Requirement for Florida Employers

Florida’s Division of Workers’ Compensation has released a new Workers’ Comp Works For You notice, which has a posting requirement.

All employers who secure the payment of workers’ compensation are required to post the new notice in their workplaces.

History of the Workers’ Compensation Notice

Here’s some history on the Workers’ Comp Works for You (a.k.a. “Broken Arm”) notice, which was on our poster several years ago.

In December 2009, based on information provided by the Division of Workers’ Compensation, we removed the original “Broken Arm” notice from our Florida poster. The agency told us that employers had to obtain the notice from their insurance carrier because it contained information specific to an employer’s business. To keep our customers informed about this change, we added the information to our Florida state letter, which is shipped with every Florida poster.

Fast-forward to 2019, when our eagle-eyed Research Department found a revamped version of the old notice, which includes additional requirements related to the Workers’ Compensation law and—for those who may care—a new eye-catching design.

What’s New?

Details of the Posting Requirement

The new version of the Workers’ Comp Works for You notice includes the following statement: “This notice of compliance must be posted by the employer and maintained conspicuously in and about the employer’s place or places of employment.”

In addition, under Florida’s Workers’ Compensation law, employers who secure compensation must post the name and address of their insurance carrier, along with the date the policy will expire, directly on the notice. Similar to the previous notice, the new notice includes space for the employer to place a sticker containing the required insurer information.

Injury Reporting Procedures

The new Workers’ Comp Works For You notice includes the following information for employees:

  • Workers’ compensation pays for all authorized and medically necessary treatment and care related to an injury or illness.
  • Employees must report injuries promptly to their employer in order to be covered by workers’ comp insurance.
  • Employees must notify the treating doctor and medical staff that the injury occurred on the job in order for their medical bills to be filed properly.

Wage-Replacement Benefits

A section on wage-replacement benefits has also been added to the new notice. Employees who have suffered a work-related injury or illness may be eligible for wage-replacement benefits under the following circumstances:

  • If they are unable to work
  • If their earnings have been lowered
  • If they have been disabled for more than 7 calendar days

That’s All for the Sunshine State

At this time, there are no other changes to the Florida poster. If you have not already done so, we encourage you to order our 1-Year Compliance Plan so that you will automatically receive the updated Florida poster as soon as it is available. And because we provide free poster updates for mandatory changes, no matter how many occur during the 12-month period, you can always count on Poster Compliance Center to keep your business in compliance!