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06 Oct

October 2021: California DWC Announces Extension of Emergency Regulations

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Update Applicable to:
All employers in California.

What happened?
On September 30, 2021, the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) announced an extension to emergency regulations 36.7 and 46.2 was approved by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL).

What are the details?
The emergency regulations extend the effective period of the emergency regulations 36.7 and 46.2 to January 11, 2022.

These emergency regulations help injured workers and employers continue to move their workers’ compensation claims toward a resolution and avoid additional and undue delay by addressing how medical-legal evaluations may proceed during this emergency period and providing alternative means for service of required forms related to medical-legal evaluations and reports.

The regulations can be read here.

A news release on the emergency regulations can be read here.

What do employers need to do?
Employers should review the emergency regulations and their worker’s compensation and other applicable policies to update and stay in compliance with the extension of the emergency regulations.