June 22, 2006

Christine Baker

Commission Releases Booklet on How to Create a Workers'
Compensation Carve-out in California

Oakland -- The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) has approved for release a publication on carve-outs in California, How to Create a Workers' Compensation Carve-out in California Practical Advice for Unions and Employers. This booklet was prepared for CHSWC as a joint effort with the Institute of Industrial Relations, the Labor Occupational Health Program, and the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health in the School of Public Health at the University of California Berkeley. The booklet was developed to provide practical advice for unions and employers on how to create a carve-out in the California workers' compensation system that would like to carve out an alternative system for delivering benefits to injured workers and resolving problems and disputes. The booklet discusses important issues for both unions and employers.

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.

Information about CHSWC and the Carve-out Booklet is 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