FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Commission on Health and Safety and
Approves Report on the Return-to-Work Program
OAKLAND -- The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) has approved for final posting and submission to the Acting Chief Deputy Administrative Director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) the Report on the Return-To-Work Program Established in Labor Code Section 139.48 and a separate document with expanded recommendations.
In November 2008, at the request of the Administrative Director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation, the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation voted to conduct a study of the Return-to-Work Program established in former Labor Code section 139.48. This report describes the operation of the program in the period August 18, 2006, to December 15, 2008. It discusses rates of participation by employers, awareness of the program among small employers and possible future funding, as well as makes recommendations for improvements to the program.
CHSWC is charged with overseeing the health and safety and workers’ compensation systems in California and recommending administrative or legislative modifications to improve their operation. The Commission was established to conduct a continuing examination of the workers’ compensation system and of the state’s activities to prevent industrial injuries and occupational illnesses and to examine those programs in other states.
Information about the Report on the Return-to-Work Program and CHSWC is available at www.dir.ca.gov/chswc and by writing to the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation, 1515 Clay Street, Room 901, Oakland, CA 94612, by calling (510) 622-3959, by faxing a request to (510) 622-3265, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.