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October 17, 2013

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Lachlan Taylor
(510) 622-3959


CHSWC Recommends the Director Consider the Working Paper, “Identifying Permanently Disabled Workers with Disproportionate Earnings Losses for Supplemental Payments”


OAKLAND -- The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) approved for final posting the Working Paper, “Identifying Permanently Disabled Workers with Disproportionate Earnings Losses for Supplemental Payments,” pending final edits by the authors. It also recommends that the Director of the Department of Industrial Relations should consider the report for the return-to-work program under Labor Code Section 139.47.

In September 2012, California adopted Senate Bill (SB) 863, which includes changes in the calculation of permanent disability ratings, increases in permanent disability compensation, and a program to provide supplemental payments to injured workers for whose permanent disability benefits are disproportionately low in comparison to their earnings loss.

Prepared by RAND, and conducted by the Office of the Director, Department of Industrial Relations in consultation with CHSWC, the Working Paper presents one definition of how this program could be defined and implemented: payments can be targeted to workers whose actual measured earnings after the disability award are below what would be expected based on the severity of their disability.

CHSWC, created by the workers' compensation reform legislation of 1993, is charged with examining the health and safety and workers' compensation systems in California and recommending administrative or legislative modifications to improve their operation.  CHSWC was established to conduct a continuing examination of the workers' compensation system and of the state's activities to prevent industrial injuries and occupational diseases and to examine those programs in other states.

Information about CHSWC and the working paper is available on the CHSWC website, www.dir.ca.gov/chswc. Information may also be obtained by writing to CHSWC at 1515 Clay Street, 17th Floor, Oakland, California, 94612; by calling (510) 622-3959; by faxing a request to (510) 622-3265; or by email to chswc@dir.ca.gov.


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