FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation Approves Draft Summary of December 9, 2008 Return-to-Work/FEHA/ADA Advisory Group Meeting Report
OAKLAND -- The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) has approved for circulation and comment the Draft Summary of December 9, 2008 Return-to-Work/FEHA/ADA Advisory Group Meeting Report and that the final report should be posted within a month if no comments are made.
Return to work after an injury or illness is important for employers and workers and their families in the State of California. Efforts need to be made to reduce litigation, reduce friction, and provide information to employers, particularly small employers who have the most difficult time complying with requirements regarding return to work. Improved information for all system participants about the requirements of the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will be critical to efforts to improve return to work in California. In cooperation with the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) and FEHA, the Commission will develop a new guidebook on return to work, FEHA and ADA, which would be helpful in efforts to improve return to work and improve information for workers and employers in order to reduce confusion and litigation.
CHSWC 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 illnesses and to examine those programs in other states.
Information about the Draft Summary of December 9, 2008 Return-to-Work/FEHA/ADA Advisory Group Meeting Report and CHSWC is available at www.dir.ca.gov/chswc and by writing to the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation, 1515 Clay Street, Room 901, Oakland, CA 94612, by calling (510) 622-3959, by faxing a request to (510) 622-3265, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.