|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||CONTACT:|
|January 13, 1997||Christine Baker|
SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Commission on Health and
Safety and Workers' Compensation voted unanimously to design and
carry out an evaluation of collectively bargained workers'
compensation programs in the California construction industry,
also known as "carve-outs".
With partial financial support from the Center for Worker'
Rights in Washington DC, the California Self-Insurers Association,
the California Workers' Compensation Institute, and Californians
for Compensation Reform, the Commission has initiated a collaborative
project with the DATA/Survey Research Center and the Haas School
of Business at the University of California at Berkeley and the
Stanford Center on Conflict and Negotiation at Stanford University.
This independent, outside study will take an important first step
for the long term evaluation of the effectiveness of alternative
workers' compensation programs. The identification and
establishment of baseline measurements will form the foundation
for a nationwide study of such programs.
The study will provide the workers' compensation community
with information on a new workers' compensation innovation
and enable the eventual comparison of California's experience
to those of other states.
The Commission, created by the workers' compensation reform legislation
of 1993, 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 diseases and to examine those programs
in other states.
Further information about the Commission and its activities may
be obtained by writing to Christine Baker, Executive Officer,
Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation, 30
Van Ness Avenue, Suite 2122, San Francisco, California 94102,
by calling (415) 557-1304, or by faxing a request to (415) 557-1385.
Information is also available through the Internet by accessing
the Department of Industrial Relations' home page at www.dir.ca.gov.