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Latest News and Announcements from DIR

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December 2, 2016 Prevailing Wage Notice Regarding Correction for the Craft/Classification of Painter: Sandblaster, Steam Cleaner and Waterblaster in Northern California Counties
December 2, 2016 WCAB Issues Notice of January 4 Public Hearing on Proposed Amendments to Rules on Lien Claims Filings
December 1, 2016 DWC Announces Appointment of James Libien to Ethics Advisory Committee
December 1, 2016 DWC Posts Adjustment of Official Medical Fee Schedule (OMFS) Inpatient Hospital Section to Conform to Medicare Changes
November 30, 2016 DWC Posts Proposed Further Amendments to its WCIS Regulations and EDI Implementation Guides
November 22, 2016 Prevailing Wage Notice Regarding Modification Notice for the Craft/Classification of Electrician: Communication & System Technician (2nd Shift and 3rd Shift) in Calaveras, Del Norte, Fresno, Humboldt, Kings, Lake, Madera, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Tuolumne Counties
November 21, 2016 2016 - 2017 assessment notices
November 21, 2016 Labor Commissioner Launches Online Registration Process for Garment Manufacturers
November 17, 2016 Cal/OSHA Cites Solar Panel Installers for Willful Failure to Protect Employee from 29-Foot Fall
November 15, 2016 New Report on Independent Medical Review Shows Progress, Improvements
November 14, 2016 DIR Recognizes New Apprenticeship Program at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority during National Apprenticeship Week
November 10, 2016 Findings from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII), California, 2015
November 9, 2016 Cal/OSHA Cites Roofing Company after Preventable Tanker Explosion Burns Two Workers
November 9, 2016 DWC Accepting Nominations for 2017 Carrie Nevans Community Service Awards to Be Given at Educational Conferences
November 8, 2016 Prevailing Wage Notice Regarding Correction for the Craft/Classification of Carpenter: Light Commercial (Building Construction) in San Diego County
November 3, 2016 DWC Opens Registration for 24th Annual Educational Conference
November 2, 2016 Online Payroll Reporting Temporarily On Hold for Select Transportation Industry Operators
October 28, 2016 DIR Appeals U.S. District Court Order Blocking Labor Commissioner Enforcement of AB 219 Prevailing Wage Requirements for Ready-Mix Concrete Suppliers
October 27, 2016 California’s Nonfatal Worker Injuries, Illnesses Remain Stable for 2015
October 25, 2016 DIR Awarded $1.8 Million Federal Grant to Expand Apprenticeship Programs in California
October 25, 2016 Prevailing Wage Notice Regarding Correction Notice for the Craft/Classification of Tree Maintenance (Laborer) in Northern California Counties
October 22, 2016 Important Notice Interim Determination for the Craft/Classification of Tree Maintenance (Laborer) in Northern California Counties
October 19, 2016 DWC Launches Online Education Module for Physicians Treating Injured Workers
October 10, 2016 San Diego Residential Care Company Violated Overtime, Minimum Wage Laws; 15 Caregivers to Receive Over $1.1 Million in Back Wages, Damages
October 4, 2016 OSHAB Launches Paperless Online Appeal System, OASIS
October 3, 2016 Important Notice Interim Determination for the Craft/Classification of Electrician: Inside Wireman and Cable Splicer (All Shifts) in Santa Barbara County
October 3, 2016 Important Notice Interim Determination for the Craft/Classification of Electrician: Sound Installer (All Shifts) in Santa Barbara County
September 30, 2016 New Workers' Compensation Laws Will Reduce Treatment Delays and Improve Anti-Fraud Efforts
September 30, 2016 DIR Clarifies Applicability of Amendments to AB 219 Regarding Companies that Use Ready-Mix Concrete
September 29, 2016 DWC Announces New Search Tool for Independent Bill Review (IBR) Decisions
September 28, 2016 Important Notice Interim Determinations for the Craft of Drywall Installer/Lather (Carpenter) in Southern California Counties Including San Diego
September 23, 2016 Summary of Important Notices Concerning Burglar Alarm and Fire Alarm Installation
September 23, 2016 Important Notice Regarding Amended Recognized Holidays in the Director's General Prevailing Wage Determinations under Government Code Section 6700
September 22, 2016 California Labor Commissioner Fines 18 Los Angeles Garment Manufacturers $682,344 for Labor Law Violations Illegally manufactured garments valued at $155,457 confiscated
September 19, 2016 DIR has published the latest California Consumer Price Index Table. Also see additional California CPI data
September 16, 2016 Prevailing Wage Notice Regarding Correction Notice for the Craft/Classifications of Electrician: Inside Wireman and Cable Splicer (All Shifts) in San Francisco County
September 15, 2016 DIR Issues Notice of Public Hearing on October 31 for Proposed Modifications to Return-to-Work Supplement Program
September 14, 2016 Cal/OSHA Cites Company Operating 1,500-Foot-Long Zip Lines with No Emergency Brakes Following Serious Rider Injuries
September 12, 2016 Correction to the Expiration Date for the Crafts of Tile Finisher and Tile Layer in the Southern California Counties Including San Diego
September 9, 2016 DWC Posts Further Amendments to Draft Home Health Care Fee Schedule Regulations
September 8, 2016 DWC Issues Notice of 15-Day Comment Period for Proposed Modifications to the Official Medical Fee Schedule's Hospital Outpatient Departments and Ambulatory Surgical Centers Section
September 8, 2016 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule for Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS)
September 7, 2016 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Physician Services / Non-Physician Practitioner Services)
September 6, 2016 Prevailing Wage Interim Determination for the Craft(s) of Carpenter and Related Trades - All localities within Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties.
September 1, 2016 Summary of Important Notices Concerning Burglar Alarm and Fire Alarm Installation
August 31, 2016 DIR, Labor Commissioner Launch Online System for Reporting Labor Law Violations
August 26, 2016 DWC Posts Draft Formulary Regulations, Related Documents to Online Forum for Public Comment
August 26, 2016 DWC Provides Status Report on Drug Formulary, Updates to Medical Treatment Guidelines
August 25, 2016 Prevailing Wage Notice Regarding Correction Notice for the Craft/Classification of Plumber: Service and Repair in San Benito and Santa Clara Counties
August 23, 2016 Cal/OSHA Cites Metal Processing Company after Preventable Accident Asphyxiates Worker
August 22, 2016 DIR Director Baker Issues Statement on Speeding Care to Injured Workers
August 19, 2016 $600 Million in Workers' Compensation Liens Filed by Convicted or Indicted Physicians, Providers
August 16, 2016 Prevailing Wage Notice Regarding Modification Notice for the Craft/Classification of Inside Wireman and Cable Splicer (All Shifts) in Fresno, Kings, Madera, and Tulare Counties
August 12, 2016 DWC Final Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS) Regulations, With Opioid Treatment Guidelines, Now in Effect
August 10, 2016 DIR Posts Prevailing Wage Changes for Public Works Projects That Use Ready-Mix Concrete
August 1, 2016 Cal/OSHA Chief Issues Statement on Farmworker Death
August 1, 2016 Prevailing Wage Notice Regarding Modification Notice for the Craft/Classification of Roofer: Helper in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties
August 1, 2016 Enforcement of the Requirement to Submit Certified Payroll Records Online Resumes Today
July 21, 2016 DIR has published the latest California Consumer Price Index Table. Also see additional California CPI data
July 20, 2016 DIR Will Resume Enforcement on August 1 of the Requirement to Submit Certified Payroll Records Online
July 15, 2016 Report on Workers’ Comp Reforms Shows Progress, Benefits for Injured Workers, Employers
July 14, 2016 California Announces Major Regulatory Proposal to Improve Safety at Oil Refineries
July 13, 2016 DWC Medical Unit Accepting Applications for Qualified Medical Evaluator Examination on October 29
July 1, 2016 DWC Posts Interim Report on Assembly Bill 1124 Mandating an Evidence-Based Workers' Compensation Drug Formulary
July 1, 2016 Prevailing Wage Interim Determination for the Craft(s) of Operating Engineer, Pile Driver (Operating Engineer), Steel Erector and Fabricator (Operating Engineer), and Tunnel/Underground (Operating Engineers) - All Shifts in Northern California Counties
June 30, 2016 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies)
June 27, 2016 Reminder: July 1 Deadline for Employers to Participate in AB 1513's Harbor from Penalties on Piece-Rate Back Payments
June 17, 2016 Cal/OSHA Issues Extreme Heat Advisory
June 14, 2016 DWC to Enforce Lien Claimants' Use of Uniform Assigned Name
June 14, 2016 DWC Announces Temporary Total Disability Rates for 2017
June 9, 2016 Prevailing Wage Notice Regarding Interim Determination for the Craft of Pile Driver (Carpenter) in Northern California Counties
June 9, 2016 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Physician Services / Non-Physician Practitioner Services)
June 7, 2016 Online Registration Renewal for Public Works Contractors Is Open
June 6, 2016 DWC Issues Second 30-Day Comment Period for Proposed Modifications to the Hospital Outpatient Departments and Ambulatory Surgical Centers Fee Schedule
June 1, 2016 Cal/OSHA Issues Statewide High Heat Advisory as Temperatures Soar
June 1, 2016 DIR Notice to Ready-Mix Companies Regarding Electronic Payroll Reporting
May 31, 2016 Labor Commissioner Reaches Settlement to Secure $190,000 in Back Pay for Rosemead Restaurant Workers
May 31, 2016 Division of Workers' Compensation Mourns the Loss of Workers' Compensation Judge Rosa Moran
May 25, 2016 Cal/OSHA Cites Agricultural Firm after Explosion Kills Worker, Burns Resident and Home
May 25, 2016 DWC Posts Proposed Further Amendments to WCIS Regulations and EDI Implementation Guides
May 24, 2016 DWC Posts Amendments to Draft Home Health Care Fee Schedule Regulations
May 19, 2016 DIR Posts Latest California Consumer Price Index Table
May 19, 2016 Thriving underground economy targeted in statewide multi-agency outreach and enforcement effort
May 19, 2016 Enforcement of the Requirement to Submit Electronic Certified Payroll Reports to DIR to Resume in August
May 13, 2016 Labor Commissioner Orders San Francisco Shuttle Company to Pay Six Drivers $212,407 for Wage Theft
May 13, 2016 DWC Announces Appointment to Ethics Advisory Committee
May 12, 2016 DWC Announces New Search Tool for Independent Medical Review (IMR) Decisions
May 10, 2016 Martin Brady Reappointed to the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation
May 10, 2016 Division of Workers’ Compensation Announces the Appointment of Dr. Raymond Meister as Executive Medical Director
May 5, 2016 Labor Commissioner Accepting Applications from Port Trucking Companies for Motor Carrier Employer Amnesty Program
May 3, 2016 Cal/OSHA Cites Adult Film Producer Kink.com for Condom Law Violations, Exposing Employees to Infectious Materials
April 28, 2016 Prevailing Wage Correction Notice for the Craft/Classification of Electrician: Inside Wireman - Zone A, 3rd Shift in San Bernardino County
April 28, 2016 DIR Honors Workers' Memorial Day and Cal/OSHA's Commitment to Workplace Safety
April 21, 2016 Department of Industrial Relations Reports 2014 Fatal Occupational Injuries
April 21, 2016 Cal/OSHA Cites Tree Service Company for Fatal Safety Breach
April 21, 2016 Cal/OSHA Cites Taylor Farms, Temporary Employment Agencies for October Chemical Release
April 20, 2016 Concrete Delivery Legislation (AB 219) Fact Sheet
April 20, 2016 DWC Posts Workers' Compensation Fact Sheets, Claim Form in Chinese, Korean, Tagalog and Vietnamese
April 14, 2016 Public Works Contractors Can Renew Annual Registration Beginning May 1
April 13, 2016 Cal/OSHA Cites Santa Barbara Employer $72,735 for Violating Stop-Work Order on Scaffold and Unreported Serious Injuries
April 13, 2016 Five Defendants Arraigned for Committing Over $635,000 in Tax and Insurance Fraud and Failing to Pay Employees Prevailing Wage on Public Works Contracts
April 12, 2016 DWC Posts Information on February 26 Order Regarding Official Medical Fee Schedule (Physician Services/Non-Physician Practitioner Medical Fee Schedule)
April 11, 2016 WCAB Chairwoman Ronnie Caplane to Retire from State Service
April 11, 2016 Cal/OSHA Urges Employers to Protect Outdoor Workers from Record-Breaking Heat Wave
April 8, 2016 DIR Issues Notice of Public Hearing on April 15 for Proposed Modifications to Return-to-Work Supplement Program
April 6, 2016 DIR has published the latest California Consumer Price Index Table. Also see additional California CPI data
April 4, 2016 DWC Posts Additional Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Physician Services / Non-Physician Practitioner Services)
March 30, 2016 DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (DMEPOS)
March 30, 2016 DWC Releases Fourth Edition of the Physician's Guide to Medical Practice in the California Workers' Compensation System
March 28, 2016 Labor Commissioner Cites San Jose Residential Care Company $443,460 for Shorting 22 Workers on Minimum Wage, Overtime
March 16, 2016 DIR Posts Public Works Notice Advising That Certified Payroll Reporting Requirements Have Not Changed
DIR's eCPR System Still Up and Running - Public Works Contractors Encouraged to Use It
March 16, 2016 Department of Industrial Relations Issues Statement on RAND Analysis of Proposed Refinery Regulations
March 14, 2016 CHSWC Releases 2015 Annual Report on California's Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation Systems
March 14, 2016 DWC Announces Appointments to Ethics Advisory Committee
March 9, 2016 Prevailing Wage Notice Regarding the Scope of Work Provisions for the Craft of Roofer in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties Issued in the 2016-1 CD-ROM
March 9, 2016 Cal/OSHA Cites and Fines Adult Film Producer James Deen Productions for Violating Condom and Safety Laws
March 9, 2016 DWC Posts Ethics Advisory Committee Annual Report for 2015
March 4, 2016 Cal/OSHA Cites ExxonMobil for Failing to Repair Equipment that Exposed Workers to Dangerous Chemical Leaks
March 3, 2016 Prevailing Wage Correction Notice for the Craft(s)/Classification(s) of Landscape Maintenance Laborer, Landfill Worker (Operating Engineer), Slurry Seal Worker, Telephone Installation Worker, and Parking and Highway Improvement (Striping, Slurry and Seal Coat Operations-Laborer)
March 3, 2016 Prevailing Wage Correction Notice for the Craft(s)/Classification(s) of Iron Worker in All Counties Within the State of California and Metal Roofing Systems Installer in Santa Barbara County
March 2, 2016 Labor Enforcement Task Force Cites Three Companies in San Diego County for Workplace Hazards, Labor Law Violations
February 29, 2016 DWC Posts Calendar for its 24 Courts on Website
February 22, 2016 Applicants' Attorneys Can Now Submit IMR Applications and Medical Records Using MOVEit Secure File Transfer
February 19, 2016 Cal/OSHA Warns Condom Use Required in Adult Films
February 12, 2016 DWC Posts Proposed Amendments to its WCIS Regulations and EDI Implementation Guides
February 11, 2016 DWC Posts Formulary Public Meeting Agenda and Related Materials to the DWC Forum
February 10, 2016 DWC Reminds Claims Administrators Regarding Utilization Review Procedures
February 10, 2016 DWC Medical Unit Accepting Applications for April 16 Qualified Medical Evaluator Examination
February 10, 2016 Labor Commissioner Gets San Francisco House Cleaning Workers $50,000 Each in Back Pay
February 8, 2016 DWC Announces Recipients of 2016 Carrie Nevans Community Service Award
February 5, 2016 DWC Posts the Proposed Guideline for Mental Illness & Stress to Online Forum
February 1, 2016 DWC Administrative Director Destie Overpeck to join the State Bar of California
January 29, 2016 DWC Posts Adjustment of Official Medical Fee Schedule (OMFS) Inpatient Hospital Section to Conform to Medicare Changes
January 28, 2016 DWC Announces Public Meeting to Discuss Creation of Workers' Compensation Drug Formulary and Related Rules
January 28, 2016 DWC Posts 2016 Annual Report of Inventory Advice and Form for Claims Reported During Calendar Year 2015
January 27, 2016 Paige S. Levy Selected Chief Judge for Division of Workers' Compensation
January 26, 2016 DWC Posts 2015 Audit Unit Annual Report and the Ranking Report
January 26, 2016 Cal/OSHA Reminder to Employers: Post Annual Work-Related Injury and Illness Summaries
January 25, 2016 DWC Reminds Parties to Use Revised QME Form 105
January 25, 2016 Cal/OSHA Cites Two Employers for Serious Meat-Grinder Accident
January 21, 2016 DIR Studying Impact of Domestic Workers Bill of Rights
January 21, 2016 DIR Notice to Public Works Contractors and Subcontractors: eCPR System on Hold Pending Upgrades
January 20, 2016 DWC Posts Additional Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Physician Services / Non-Physician Practitioner Services)
January 12, 2016 DWC Ended Lien Activation Fee Collection on December 31, 2015
January 8, 2016 DWC Posts Adjustment to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Ambulance Fees Section)

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