FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IR #2006-25
Wednesday, July 12, 2006

CONTACT:
Susan Gard
510-286-7049
Internet: http://www.dir.ca.gov


State Division of Workers' Compensation holds free Spanish-language seminar on workers' compensation benefits and laws in San Francisco

Event
The California Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) will conduct a free Spanish-language seminar on workers' compensation benefits and laws in San Francisco Jul. 13. This seminar is the first in a new program for Bay Area workers. It will rotate on a monthly basis between San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose and, for the first time, provide ongoing outreach on workers' comp to the Bay Area's Spanish-speaking employees.

Date & time
Thursday, Jul. 13, 2006
6 - 7 p.m.

Location
The Women's Building
3543 18th Street, between Valencia and Guerrero Streets
San Francisco CA

Special information

Background
"Getting injured at work is hard enough," said DWC Acting Administrative Director Carrie Nevans. "We want to help our workforce understand its rights and get assistance if there's a problem with their workers' comp benefits."

The DWC conducts English-language seminars for injured workers on a monthly basis at each of its 24 local offices and, last year, began hosting Spanish-language seminars in different locations around the state reaching workers in Calexico, Salinas and Los Angeles.

The Spanish-language seminars are held at community locations easily accessible to workers. At these free one-hour workshops, those attending learn about their right to medical treatment, disability payments, returning to work after an injury and resolving a disagreement over a claim. The workshop consists of a presentation followed by a question and answer session.

Conducting seminars in Spanish is a step toward creating greater access to information about workers' compensation for all California's wage earners.

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