(a) In addition to the posted notice required by subsection (e) of this section, employers, as defined by Labor Code § 406.001, shall notify their employees of workers’ compensation insurance coverage status, in writing. This additional notice:
(1) shall be provided at the time an employee is hired, meaning when the employee is required by federal law to complete both a W-4 form and an I-9 form or when a break in service has occurred and the employee is required by federal law to complete a W-4 form on the first day the employee reports back to duty;
(2) shall be provided to each employee, by an employer whose workers’ compensation insurance coverage is terminated or cancelled, not later than the 15th day after the date on which the termination or cancellation of coverage takes effect;
(3) shall be provided to each employee, by an employer who obtains workers’ compensation insurance coverage, not later than the 15th day after the date on which coverage takes effect, as necessary to allow the employee to elect to retain common law rights under Labor Code Chapter 406;
(4) shall include the text required in the posted notice; and
(5) if the employer is covered by workers’ compensation insurance (subscriber) or becomes covered, whether by commercial insurance or through self-insurance as provided by the Texas Workers’ Compensation Act (Act), shall include the following statement: “You may elect to retain your common law right of action if, no later than five days after you begin employment or within five days after receiving written notice from the employer that the employer has obtained workers’ compensation insurance coverage, you notify your employer in writing that you wish to retain your common law right to recover damages for personal injury. If you elect to retain your common law right of action, you cannot obtain workers’ compensation income or medical benefits if you are injured.”
(b) Notices required to be posted by this rule shall be posted:
(1) by the non-subscribing employer as provided in subsection (c) of this section;
(2) by the employer who is terminating workers’ compensation insurance coverage, at the time the employer’s termination of coverage takes effect, unless a new policy will maintain continuous coverage in which case the employees will be notified at the time the new workers’ compensation insurance policy takes effect;
(3) by the self-insurer as provided by the Act, who is withdrawing from self-insurance, at the time the withdrawal takes effect;
(4) by the employer who becomes covered either by a workers’ compensation insurance policy or through self-insurance as provided by the Act, at the time coverage or certification takes effect; and
(5) by the employer whose workers’ compensation insurance policy is canceled by the insurance carrier, at the time the cancellation becomes effective if no new workers’ compensation insurance policy is obtained.
(c) On or after the effective date of this rule, notices shall contain the specific text required by this rule. Any time the information regarding workers’ compensation insurance coverage status, insurance carrier, or third party administrator changes, the notice shall be updated to reflect current information.
(d) An employer who recruits an employee in Texas to perform services outside of Texas, actually hires outside of Texas, and has notices of workers’ compensation insurance coverage posted conspicuously at the place of hire and at the business location where the employee will perform services, is not required to provide the additional notice required in subsection (a) of this section to the employee.
(e) Employers shall post notices in the workplace to inform employees about workers’ compensation issues as required by this rule. These notices shall be posted in the personnel office, if the employer has a personnel office, and in the workplace where each employee is likely to see the notice on a regular basis. The notices shall be printed with a title in at least 26 point bold type, subject in at least 18 point bold type, and text in at least 16 point normal type, and shall include ENGLISH, SPANISH, and any other LANGUAGE common to the employer’s employee population. The text for the notices shall be the text provided by the division on the sample notice without any additional words or changes.
(1) Employers insured through a commercial insurance company shall post the following notice:
(2) Employers who become certified self-insurers under Labor Code Chapter 407 shall post the following notice:
(3) Employers who are a member of a self-insurance group under Labor Code Chapter 407A shall post the following notice:
(4) Employers who are not covered by workers’ compensation (non-subscriber) shall post the following notice:
(f) Failure to post or to provide notice as required in this rule is an administrative violation.
(g) This section is effective January 1, 2013.
The provisions of this §110.101 adopted to be effective January 1, 1994, 18 TexReg 9195; amended to be effective August 1, 2000, 25 TexReg 3986; amended to be effective January 1, 2013, 37 TexReg 5577.