FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 4, 2010

CONTACT:
Christine Baker
510-622-3959

 

The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation
Posts RAND Working Paper “How Effective are Employer Return to Work Programs?”

OAKLAND  --  The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) is pleased to announce that the RAND Working Paper “How Effective are Employer Return to Work Programs?” has been posted for comment on the CHSWC website.

The Working Paper analyzes the effectiveness of employer return to work programs in reducing the recovery time for workers who are injured or disabled by a workplace accident. The Working Paper suggests that return to work programs reduce the amount of time out of work. These programs are cost-effective for large employers but more work is needed to determine whether these programs could be adopted successfully by smaller firms.

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 RAND Working Paper “How Effective are Employer Return to Work Programs?” 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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