With the passage of Assembly Bill 1794, effective January 1, 2013, accurately and timely reporting new employees is now even more important. The new law authorizes the Employment Development Department (EDD), until January 1, 2019, to provide the specified new employee information to the Joint Enforcement Strike Force on the Underground Economy, the Contractors’ State License Board (CSLB), and the State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF).
Efficient information-sharing among state offices is expected to ensure that employers are accurately reporting their employee payroll to their insurance carriers for establishing their workers’ compensation insurance premiums.
This new law specifically enables the EDD, the CSLB, and the SCIF to establish a memorandum of understanding to audit, investigate, and prosecute those who violate tax withholding requirements and commit premium insurance fraud. With the newly shared information, the CSLB is expected to take disciplinary action against contractors who fail to accurately report new employee information within 20 days of the established hire date, as required by California Unemployment Insurance Code section 1088.5(d). To read the CSLB’s Press Release on A.B. 1794, click here, and to read A.B. 1794, click here.