FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 5, 2009

CONTACT:
Christine Baker
510-622-3959

 

The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation
Approves Draft Report on the California Return-to-Work Program
Established in Labor Code Section 139.48

OAKLAND  --  The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) has approved for submission to the Administrative Director (AD) of the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) the Draft Report on the California Return-to-Work Program Established in Labor Code 139.48.

In November 2008, at the request of the Administrative Director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation, the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation voted to conduct a study of the Return-to-Work Program established in former Labor Code Section 139.48.  This report describes the operation of the program in the period August 18, 2006, to December 15, 2008.  It discusses rates of participation by employers, awareness of the program among small employers and possible future funding and presents alternatives for consideration.

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 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 chswc@dir.ca.gov.

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