Employer Responsibilities

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Workers’ Compensation

Employers with one or more employees must maintain an effective workers’ compensation insurance plan.

Workers' compensation benefits are designed to provide employees with the medical treatment they need to recover from work-related injury or illness, partially replace the wages lose while recovering, and help employees return to work.

Once a small business owner is notified of a potentially work-related injury or illness, they should provide the employee the DWC 1 claim form. The employer should fill out their part of the form and send the completed form to the insurance company.

The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has more information small business owners need to know about workers’ compensation

Self-Insurance Alternative

Self-insurance plans are an option for employers to use to fulfill their obligation to have a valid workers' compensation insurance plan. In California, over seven thousand employers use self-insurance plans to provide workers medical benefits and partial wages when recovering from work-related injury and illness.

There are requirements employers must follow when using a self-insurance plan. The Office of Self-Insurance Plans has more information on what is required to use self-insurance plans in California.


April 2022

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