Pursuant to California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) regulations, employers must post the new DWC 7 Notice adopted effective June 2010, no later than October 8, 2010. The DWC 7 form is the “Notice to Employees – Injuries Caused by Work.” This Notice provides employees with information on workers’ compensation coverage and where to get medical care for work injuries. The Notice must be posted in English and Spanish at each California work site in a conspicuous location frequented by employees during the hours of the work day.
Usually the DWC 7 form is included in an employer’s complete California and Federal Employment Poster that is updated each year. However, if employers wait to post the new DWC 7 form when they update their Poster at the beginning of 2011, they run the risk of penalties. California law provides that failure to provide employees with this Notice is a misdemeanor that can result in a civil penalty of up to $7,000 per violation.
Employers can obtain a copy of the new DWC 7 (6/10) Notice by going to: www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/forms/DWCForm7_2010.pdf
Lizbeth “Beth” West is a shareholder in the Labor and Employment Law Section and Disputes, Trials & Appeals Section at Weintraub Genshlea Chediak. Beth’s practice focuses on counseling employers in all areas of employment law, and defending employers in state and federal court, as well as before administrative agencies. She has extensive experience in defending wage and hour claims, and complex whistle-blowing and retaliation claims. She also provides training services on various employment issues, such as sexual harassment and violence in the workplace. If you have any questions about this Legal Alert or other employment law related questions, please feel free to contact Beth West at (916) 558-6082. For additional articles on employment law issues, please visit Weintraub’s employment law blog at www.thelelawblog.com.