How Risk Controls Changed How We Think About Death

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Death and taxes – it never ends.  If losing a co-worker isn’t bad enough, the State of California wants to make sure someone is carrying the tax burden for the deceased employee.

Employers are required to report all deaths regardless of cause to the Division of Industrial Accidents under Title 8, Section 9900 unless the employee is survived by a minor child in which case the minor child will carry the tax burden of the parent.    Division of Industrial Accidents Form 510, “Notice of Employee Death” must be completed for each workplace death where the employee is not survived by a minor child.

I hope you never have to deal with a death in the workplace, but if you do, don’t forget to notify the State – someone has to pay the taxes…



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