Effective October 8, 2010, California employers must comply with the following workers' compensation posting requirements resulting from recently passed regulations:

  1. By October 8, all California employers must post a new "Notice to Employees—Injuries Caused by Work" poster, available at http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/forms/DWCForm7_2010.pdf, in a conspicuous location frequented by employees;
  2. All California employers must distribute a new "Know Your Rights to Workers' Compensation Benefits" pamphlet, available for purchase through the California Chamber of Commerce, to all new employees who start work on or after October 8;
  3. All employers must begin using a revised DWC-1 Claim Form/Notice of Potential Eligibility, available online at http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/forms/ClaimForm2010.pdf, that will need to be provided within 24 hours of receiving knowledge of an injury; and
  4. Employers who utilize or who are implementing, changing or terminating a medical provider network (MPN) must create a MPN Notice to post in a conspicuous location and distribute copies to any employees injured on the job on or after October 8.

Failure to comply with the new posting requirements can lead to fines of up to $7,000 for each violation.