IR #00-04
Tuesday April 4, 2000

Richard Stephens
(415) 703-4680

DWC Publishes Employers' Guide to the California Workers' Comp System

SAN FRANCISCO --California employers will gain a better understanding of how the state's workers' compensation system works as the result of a new guide published by the California Department of Industrial Relations' Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC).

The guide explains the employer's responsibilities in obtaining workers' compensation insurance, as well as how to lower costs, by reducing workplace injuries and illnesses, responding quickly when an accident occurs, helping injured employees get back to productive work as early as possible, and avoiding unnecessary workers' comp disputes.

This is the first guide to the state's workers' compensation system produced by DWC specifically for employers. It should be particularly useful for the many smaller employers in the state as well as personnel in larger companies who manage their company's workers' comp program. New employers should find the answers to many of their questions here.

The full-color guide contains charts illustrating such subjects as how the premium dollar is spent, features to-do checklists and numerous helpful tips, and includes an extensive list of resources.

An electronic version of the guide and an order form for the printed version are available on the DIR Web site at Mailed requests for copies should be addressed to: Employers' Guide, Division of Workers' Compensation, P.O. Box 420603, San Francisco, CA 94142-0603.

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NOTE: This online version of the news release was revised on April 12, 2000 to include the link to the Employer's Guide Order Form.