FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 12, 2006

CONTACT:
Christine Baker
510-622-3959


CHSWC Releases Report on the Return-to-Work Roundtable for Public Comment

Oakland -- The California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC), has approved the release of the report on the Return-to-Work Roundtable for circulation and public comment. The CHSWC Return-to-Work roundtable was held on November 17, 2006, in Oakland at the request of CHSWC Chair, Angie Wei, to discuss the operational and technical aspects of the return-to-work program. The roundtable involved stakeholders of the workers' compensation system representing insured and self-insured employers, labor, insurance carriers, medical providers, and attorneys.

The report provides a summary of the roundtable discussion which centered around identifying the current issues with respect to return-to-work in California, as well as identifying potential solutions. Some of the topics discussed included: the timing of the supplemental job displacement (SBJB) benefit, coordination of the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and American with Disabilities Act (ADA) program requirements with workers' compensation, and the return-to-work workplace modification reimbursement.

CHSWC, 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. 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 may be accessed on the Internet at CHSWC's home page at http://www.dir.ca.gov/chswc/PublicCommentsAndFeedback.html. Information may also be obtained by writing to CHSWC at 1515 Clay Street, Suite 901, Oakland, California, 94612, by calling (510) 622-3959, by faxing a request to (510) 622-3265, or by email at chswc@dir.ca.gov.

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