FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IR #98-36
Monday, October 19, 1998

CONTACT:
Rick Rice
Dean Fryer
(415) 972-8835


DIR's 1996-97 Biennial Report Released

SAN FRANCISCO --The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has published, and posted on the DIR Website, the 1996-97 Biennial Report which details DIR's many activities and accomplishments during those two years, Director John C. Duncan announced.

"As economic conditions for California businesses continued to improve during 1996-97, so too did a host of other indicators which reflect greatly improved conditions for the state's employees and employers," said Duncan. "Premium costs in workers' compensation are the lowest they have been in 20 years while benefits for injured workers have gone up; the working environment and protective labor standards for California's working men and women continue to improve; the rates of job-related injuries and illnesses continued to decline; and barriers to flexible work hours that permit working parents to balance their careers with family obligations were reduced through reform of California's outdated overtime regulations," Duncan added. "Through it all the Department has steadfastly pursued its goals of promoting and fostering the welfare of wage earners in California while advancing their opportunities for profitable employment."

The 96-97 Biennial Report reflects the goals and priorities of DIR and details the progress made on key initiatives, including:

The report, which state law requires DIR to issue to the Legislature and the public every two years, provides a description of each division, board, council, commission, and program within DIR and the activities in each area during the period covered. The report also provides background information to constituents and can serve as a reference guide for DIR's services.

The report is available on the DIR home page at www.dir.ca.gov under "What's New." To obtain a copy of the 1996-97 Biennial Report, please write to the Department of Industrial Relations, Publications Unit, P.O. Box 420603, San Francisco, CA 94142, or call 415-972-8844.

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