LABOR LAW NEWS

California Revised Posting: Injuries Caused by Work

Published on December 4, 2015

Significant changes to the California workers’ compensation posting inform workers of their rights and responsibilities before and after a workplace injury.

It’s here: the recent California posting change that is mandatory, unlike the CAL/OSHA posting change that was not mandatory. Effective January 1, 2016, all California workplaces must display the latest version of the California Notice to Employees – Injuries Caused by Work posting.

What Changed on the California Notice to Employees – Injuries Caused by Work Posting?

In addition to minor verbiage changes, the California Division of Workers’ Compensation made substantial changes to the California Injuries Caused by Work notice:

Medical Care

  • Medical equipment and travel costs added to list of covered benefits
  • Added chiropractic, physical therapy, and occupational therapy to treatments with limited coverage.

Permanent Disability Benefits

  • Added the phrase “if you do not recover completely” to payment requirement.

Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit

  • Removed “state-approved school” from voucher requirement.
  • Removed the 60-day work absence requirement.

Naming Your Own Physician

  • Prior to a workplace injury, a worker must identify a physician and obtain that physician’s agreement to treat a workplace injury.

Reporting Injury

  • Claims administrator now can authorize treatment in addition to employer.

See Your Primary Treating Physician

  • For workers with no predesignated physician, the worker may select a physician within the employer’s medical provider network or health care organization.
  • If no such MPN or HCO coverage exists and the worker has no predesignated physician, then the claims administrator can choose the doctor.

This Labor Law News Blog is intended for market awareness only, it is not to be used for legal advice or counsel.

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