Accidents and Injuries at Work: Employer Reporting Requirements

Frequently, employees and workers do not know the reporting requirements for injuries and accidents that occur on the job.  The Texas Labor Code requires all employers in Texas that do not carry workers' compensation to notify the Texas Department of Insurance--Division of Workers' Compensation in writing .  See Texas Labor Code Section 406.004(a).  Employers that do not comply with reporting requirements are subject to penalties and administrative violations. Similarly, employers with five employees or more are required to notify TDI-DWC of each injury or illness by the seventh day of the following month.  See Texas Labor Code Section 411.032(a).  Employees and workers should be aware that employers are required to notify their employees whether or not they carry workers' compensation insurance.  See Texas Labor Code Section 406.005.  The notice must be posted at conspicuous locations at the employer's place of business.  If you have any questions regarding reporting requirements or compliance with the law, or if you have been injured on the job, call Fears & Nachawati for a free consultation--1 (866) 705-7584 or email