Commission's Future Activities
- In November 1997, the Commission will host a public forum
to discuss the preliminary findings of the CHSWC sponsored study
by RAND of the permanent disability system in California. This
public forum will provide the opportunity for experts, members
of the community, and the public to discuss the report and share
observations and opinions.
- The Commission plans to sponsor a one day "Workers
guide to Workers' Compensation" educational conference,
tentatively scheduled for May 1998. The prototype informational
materials will be presented and distributed to the community and
- The Commission is planning to hold a public hearing/open forum
to discuss the Cal-OSHA High Hazard Targeted Inspection Program
and Assessment, before it is scheduled to be repealed on January
- The Commission plans to create blue-ribbon advisory committees
to assist in the development of feasible recommendations and workable
plans to improve the permanent disability system. These policy
and technical committees, comprised of experts and community members,
will work together to determine the feasibility of and further
detail the recommendations of the CHSWC-sponsored study of permanent
disability conducted by RAND. The goal is to develop a consensus
report, including recommendations, action plans and proposed legislation
based on the preliminary findings of the RAND study and input
from the community.
- The Commission will host an "Anti-Fraud Roundtable"
for the community and the public to discuss those draft findings
and recommendations from the CHSWC Fact-Finding Hearing not supported
in their current form by the Department of Insurance (DOI) and
the Fraud Assessment Commission (FAC).
- The Commission will continue to fund the California Study
Group on Young Workers' Health and Safety.
- CHSWC has established a "Lien Resolution Roundtable",
comprised of interested members from the workers' compensation
community. The Roundtable is discussing a proposal developed
by CHSWC staff with legislative and administrative recommendations
to address lien issues.
- The Vocational Rehabilitation Reform Study, initiated in July
1995, is ongoing and a final report is expected in mid-1998.
The Commission published an interim report in August 1997 containing
- The Commission is developing an Issue Paper on cost shifting
between the State Disability Insurance system (SDI) and the workers'
compensation system, expected at the end of 1997.
- The Commission has contracted for a study of the physician
report problem as it pertains to the disability evaluation process.
The study is expected to be completed by the end of 1997.
- Beginning in 1995, the Commission for a study of medical-legal
evaluations. This project has been extended for a third year
and another report is expected in July 1998.
- The Commission is carrying out an evaluation of collectively
bargained workers' compensation programs in the California
construction industry, also known as "carve-outs".
The first phase of this study is scheduled to be completed in
- The Commission has implemented a project entitled "CHSWC
Profile of DWC District Office Operations." As part of
the Commission's responsibility to oversee state operations
which administer the workers' compensation program, this
project is designed to provide insights and knowledge in areas
which have been identified as problematic. The Commission will
continue to monitor the operations of the DWC district offices.
- The Commission is conducting a pilot project to identify employers
who are illegally uninsured for workers' compensation.
This pilot project will run for up to one year.
The Commission may consider a study to determine the feasibility
of simplifying the entire workers' compensation system.
This simplification goal may be met in part with adoption of
the recommendations from the RAND study of permanent disability.
Executive Summary: Findings and Recommendations
Section I The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation
Section II Reform Legislation Impact on the Workers' Compensation
Section III Workers' Compensation Issues
Section IV Health and Safety Issues
Section V Program and Agency Operations
Section VI Commission's Future Activities