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Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC)

Permanent Disability

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The most extensive and potentially far-reaching efforts undertaken by the Commission are the ongoing studies of workers' compensation permanent disability in California.

The manner in which California rates and compensates injured workers for total and partial permanent disability has enormous impact on the adequacy of their benefits, their ability to return to gainful employment, the smooth operation of the Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) adjudication system, and the cost of the workers' compensation system to employers.

Incorporating public fact-finding hearings and discussions with studies by RAND and other independent research organizations, the CHSWC projects focus on policy issues regarding how California workers are compensated for permanent disability incurred on the job. These efforts are assisted by a CHSWC permanent disability policy advisory committee, comprised of interested members of the workers' compensation community. This section also covers temporary disability benefit issues.

SB 863 Reform, Earnings Losses and Considerations for the $120 Million Return to Work Program

  • Identifying Permanently Disabled Workers with Disproportionate Earnings Losses for Supplemental Payments, RAND, February 2014 version

Recent Studies of Disability Ratings and Benefits

  • Memorandum to Christine Baker, Executive Officer of CHSWC regarding "Analysis of ratings under the new PD schedule, through June 2007 Acrobat image version Word image version
  • Memorandum to Christine Baker, Executive Officer of CHSWC regarding "Analysis of ratings under the new PD schedule, through January 2007 Acrobat image version Word image version
  • Evaluate and Identify Impact of Changes to the Temporary Disability Benefit, 2007 Acrobat image version Word image version
  • CHSWC report: Permanent disability schedule analysis, February 23, 2006 acrobat small logo version
  • Report: An evaluation of California's permanent disability rating system, RAND, 2005 full report acrobat small logo version - summary acrobat small logo version
  • Evaluation of California's permanent disability rating schedule: Interim report, RAND, December 2003 acrobat small logo version

Initial Wage Loss Analysis

  • Compensating Permanent Workplace Injuries: A Study of the California System, RAND, 1998 acrobat small logo version
  • Findings and Recommendations on California's Permanent Partial Disability System, RAND, 1998 Word image version - acrobat small logo version

Permanent Disability - Private Self-Insured

  • Permanent Disability - Private Self-Insured - A study of earnings loss, replacement, and RTW for workers' compensation claimants, RAND, 2001 acrobat small logo version

Impact of Local Economic Conditions on Wage Loss

  • Trends in earnings loss from disabling workplace injuries in California: The role of economic conditions, RAND, 2001 acrobat small logo version

February 2014