California: Regulators approve updated pamphlets, posting notices for S.B. 863
Revised language on permanent disability, the supplementary job displacement benefit, physician predesignation, and new language on the Return-to-work Fund are among the updates stemming from California's legislative reforms.
Employers are subject to the notice requirements and may incur civil penalties of up to $7,000 for each violation of the posting requirement and the tolling of the statute of limitations for filing claims, according to the CWCI. The organization has updated its posting notice entitled If a Work Injury Occurs, and its new hire pamphlet, Facts About Workers' Compensation. Versions in English and Spanish are available.
Additionally, the CWCI has updated its injured worker pamphlet, Facts for Injured Workers, and will include it in its pamphlet series. "Though there is no longer a statutory requirement that claims administrators include a pamphlet explaining a worker's benefits and obligations with the first notice of payment or notice of delay, many companies continue to do so as a good claims practice to provide claimants with basic information early in the life of the claim," the CWCI said.
The organization is accepting preorders for the updated notices and will begin shipping them so employers can have the updated information by Jan. 1.
Read more at the WorkersComp Forum homepage.
December 10, 2012
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