An amendment to California Labor Code section 6409.1 changes the reporting of work-related injuries and illnesses. Employers currently must file a form 5020 with the Division of Labor Statistics and Research (DLSR) within five days of an incident. Once new regulations are finalized, insured employers must file a form to be prescribed by the Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) with the DWC, and self-insured employers must use a new, yet to be created, electronic form within the time specified by the DWC.
Note: the bill specifies that regulations must be created to implement these changes, which will not go into effect until the regulations are finalized.
California employers should talk to their insurance carriers to ensure they use the most up-to-date forms.