FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 26, 2010

CONTACT:
Christine Baker
510-622-3959

 

The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation Announces “Helping Injured Employees Return to Work Handbook” and “Best Practices in Returning an Injured Employee to Work: Factsheet for Employers”

The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC) is pleased to announce that a new handbook, Helping Injured Employees Return to Work: Practical Guidance Under Workers’ Compensation and Disability Rights Laws in California, is available. This handbook was prepared by the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, University of California at Berkeley for CHSWC.

The handbook provides guidance for small business employers. It describes how to establish and implement an effective return-to-work program, coordinate the return-to-work process with the injured employee’s workers’ compensation benefits, and ultimately strengthen the work environment and overall health of the company or organization. For employees of small businesses, the handbook describes the goals and benefits of returning to work, everyone’s roles and responsibilities, and what can be expected in the process. Larger employers and their employees may also find this handbook useful.

CHSWC also releases “Best Practices in Returning an Injured Employee to Work: Factsheet for Employers.” This handy 4-page factsheet describes six basic steps that constitute best practices to help an employee with a work-related injury or illness return to work.

CHSWC is charged with examining 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 the Helping Injured Employees Return to Work handbook, the Factsheet, and 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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