California Updates Two Mandatory Documents
Posted June 18, 2024

The State of California recently updated two pamphlets, (1) the “Time of Hire” pamphlet provided by the California Department of Industrial Relations Division of Workers’ Compensation and (2) the “For Your Benefit” pamphlet issued by the Employment Development Department (EDD).

Time of Hire

First, the “Time of Hire Notice” which must be provided to newly hired employees has been lightly upgraded. For the upgraded form, click here. This notice explains what a workers’ compensation claim is, what benefits are available to employees injured on the job, and how to file a claim. The upgraded notice adds new information to be completed, including “Predesignation of Personal Physician” and “Notice of Personal Chiropractor or Personal Acupuncturist” notices to assist employees who wish to be treated by a personal physician.

For Your Benefit

Next, the Employment Development Department updated its “For Your Benefit” pamphlet here. Although most of the information in the 22-page document remains the same, it has been slightly streamlined and there are a few minor upgrades. For example, commencing February 15, 2024, the EDD began issuing payments for unemployment, disability and Paid Family Leave customers on new Money Network prepaid debit cards instead of Bank of America debit cards.

The EDD benefits described in the pamphlet include (1) unemployment insurance (UI) benefits as a partial wage replacement to eligible employees who have lost their jobs, and (2) State Disability Insurance (SDI) which provides partial wage replacement benefits to employees unable to work due to a non-work-related illness or injury, pregnancy or childbirth. The pamphlet also describes when (3) Paid Family Leave (PFL) is available to provide partial wage replacement benefits to employees who require time off to care for a seriously ill family member, bond with a new child, or to help a family member during a qualifying military event. Finally, the pamphlet outlines (4) workforce services which offer a range of employment services for job seekers and employers.

Both documents are also available in Spanish.

For questions regarding documents that are required at the time of hire or separation, contact the employment attorneys at LightGabler LLP.

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