|Newsline No. 12-13|
|February 26, 2013|
Division of Workers’ Compensation posts updated time of hire pamphlet
The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has posted an updated time of hire pamphlet on its website. The updates reflect changes made to California’s workers’ compensation system by Senate Bill 863, which took effect Jan. 1, 2013.
The pamphlet is posted in English and Spanish versions, and meets the requirements under Labor Code section 3551 to notify new employees about California workers’ compensation rights and benefits either at the time of hire or by the end of the first pay period.
The pamphlet was initially developed in 2011 in response to requests from claims administrators and provides employees with information about what to do if they are injured on the job and ways to resolve disputes over workers’ compensation benefits. In addition, it discusses the role of the primary treating physician and medical provider networks (MPNs). Predesignation forms are included as part of the document.
Changes to the pamphlet prompted by SB 863 include material on permanent disability, temporary disability and supplemental job displacement benefits. This model time of hire pamphlet is offered in “text only” format in English and Spanish, which gives claims administrators the option to more fully customize the presentation. The text of the pamphlet meets the “time of hire” legal requirements.