April 10, 2006

Christine Baker

Commission Releases Report on AB 1987 and Return-to-Work Incentives and Alternatives

The California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) has released a report entitled "AB 1987 and Return-to-Work Incentives and Alternatives." This report was prepared at the request of Assembly Member Pedro Nava to assess return-to-work incentives, alternatives, and costs. Assembly Bill (AB) 1987 proposes changes to the Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit (SJDB) of the workers' compensation system and addresses the issue of injured workers' return to work. This report discusses SJDB and return-to-work and also makes suggestions for modifications to AB 1987 for clarification and to facilitate early return to work for the benefit of both workers and employers. Some of CHSWC's recommendations discussed in the report relate to the timing and amount of the SJDB.

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. CHSWC 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.

The paper and information about CHSWC are available on the CHSWC web site, by contacting CHSWC by writing to 1515 Clay Street, Room 901, Oakland, 94612; by phone at (510) 622-3959: by fax at (510) 622-3265; or by email