The Texas Office of Injured Employee Counsel (OIEC) recently released a new version of the Workers’ Compensation/Ombudsman Program notice, which has a publication date of April 2018.
Below we’ve provided some information from the Deputy Public Counsel at the OIEC regarding changes to the notice and the current posting requirements.
Updates to the Workers’ Comp/Ombudsman Notice
The previous notice included language from Rule 276.5(c), which pertained to posting requirements. That text has now been removed from the notice due to some amendments that went into effect on April 2018.
With the exception of the new publication date, the rest of the information on the notice is unchanged; however, the colorful new design makes it stand out from the crowd on the Texas poster.
All employers who participate in the Texas workers’ compensation system are required to post a notice of the OIEC’s Ombudsman Program.
According to the Office of Injured Employee Counsel, the new notice should be posted in the personnel office—if an employer has such an office—and in the workplace where each employee will see the notice on a regular basis. Employers must post the notice in English, Spanish, and any other language common to their employees.
How to Stay in Compliance
As of this writing, we have no other labor law news to report for the “Lone Star State,” but if anything changes, our customers will be the first to know. If you order our 1-Year Compliance Plan, you will automatically receive the updated Texas 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 you in compliance.