IR #2002-07
Wednesday, June 19, 2002

Dean Fryer
Susan Gard
(415) 703-5050

News Advisory
California Department of Industrial Relations observes
75th anniversary with conference, reception


The California Department of Industrial Relations will celebrate its 75th anniversary.



Thursday, June 27, 2002



The 75th anniversary celebration of the creation of the California Department of Industrial Relations includes a morning program, evening reception, and afternoon workshops for employers and employees that take an in-depth look at the workers' compensation system, Cal/OSHA, labor law enforcement, and apprenticeship opportunities.



Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco

  • 11:45 a.m. Opening remarks from state librarian and well-known author Kevin Starr on California's labor history
  455 Golden Gate Avenue, first floor
  • 2:00 p.m. Afternoon workshops
  • 5:00 p.m. Evening reception featuring music, catering by Bay Area culinary apprentices, acknowledgement of DIR's exemplary employees and recognition of California employers who've demonstrated an outstanding commitment to workplace safety and health

Background information

The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) was established in 1927 when its current programs were first consolidated. Now enforcing labor and workplace safety and health laws for more than 14 million California workers and 1.3 million employers, as well as overseeing the state's apprenticeship and workers' compensation systems, DIR expanded its enforcement capacity under the Davis administration for the first time in almost two decades.

Cal/OSHA launched special emphasis programs in agriculture and construction, two of the most dangerous industries in the state. The Division of Workers' Compensation is developing a new return-to-work program from which California's workers and employers will benefit from returning an injured employee to work as soon as medically feasible. The Division of Apprenticeship Standards increased the number of apprentices and implemented a system for apprenticeship program audits. The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement-with restoration of daily overtime and its extension to industries such as construction, mining and drilling-expanded enforcement, offered greater security to displaced janitors and established a verification system for farm labor contractor licenses.