California’s Division of Workers’ Compensation has issued the long-awaited update to the ‘Notice to Employees – Injuries Caused by Work’ poster, which incorporates wide-ranging changes to the CA workers compensation system passed in September 2012.
The final regulations for SB 863 were approved Aug. 22, 2015, and will be effective for all benefit notices as of Jan. 1, 2016, according to the state Department of Industrial Relations.
We have been tracking the process since 2013 while the state finalized new workers’ compensation regulations. At last, the mandatory updated labor law poster with a revision date of 1/1/16 is available.
What Has Changed on the Poster?
So much has changed on this labor law poster (also called DWC7), we will give you a brief summary instead of listing each item. Every section has changed, including:
- Benefits – new information about medical care, permanent disability and supplemental job displacement
- Naming Your Own Physician
- If You Get Hurt – new information about reporting your injury, seeing your primary physician and Medical Provider Networks (MPNs)
We will publish a new 2016 California state poster that will include this updated notice.
More CA Changes on the Horizon
California is known for having frequent poster changes, especially at the end of the year. Right now we are still watching for changes to Notice A and Notice B (pregnancy leave and CFRA leave) and possibly a new poster for the California Fair Pay Act, which Gov. Brown has said he will sign into law soon.
Because of all these changes, in California the 1-Year Compliance Plan is definitely the way to go since you’ll get 12 months of free automatic updates!
You can also sign up for free email alerts and be the first to know about mandatory labor law poster updates from Poster Compliance Center.