State of California

Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:
December 21, 1999 Christine Baker
(415) 703-4220

Commission Requests Feedback from
California Health, Safety and Workers’ Compensation Communities

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) is requesting feedback from the community and interested parties on several works-in-progress, including draft recommendations for changes to improve information to workers, draft informational materials, and a draft Issue Report on Labor Code Section 5814 penalties.

The Commission, since its inception in 1994, has conducted several studies which have documented the experience of injured workers seeking information and help in the California workers’ compensation system. The draft recommendations to improve the information provided to workers were prepared at the request of the Commission based on those studies. The draft recommendations include proposed legislation, suggestions on developing regulations and guidelines to implement the proposed legislation, further study of methods to enforce employers’ informational requirements, and further study of problems related to delays in the decision to accept or deny a claim.

The Commission is requesting comments on a draft factsheet entitled "Working After a Job Injury." This factsheet was designed to enable the reader to understand essential facts and concepts in complicated areas of workers’ compensation and return-to-work. When finalized, this will be the latest in a series of factsheets developed by the Commission as a public service for use by all interested parties at no charge.

The Commission is also asking for comments on its December 1999 Draft Issue Paper on Labor Code Section 5814 penalties. CHSWC legal consultants prepared this work based upon research conducted in district offices of the Division of Workers’ Compensation and information received as a result of a ‘call for information’ to the workers’ compensation community.

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 -- including copies of the draft materials on which the Commission is requesting comments -- may be obtained by writing to Christine Baker, Executive Officer, Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation, 455 Golden Gate Avenue, 10th Floor, San Francisco, California 94102, by calling (415) 703-4220, or by faxing a request to (415) 703-4234. Information is also available at www.dir.ca.gov.

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