Newsline No. 14-07
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February 8, 2007  

Division of Workers' Compensation to hold public forums on return-to-work data

The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) will conduct two public forums to provide information and answer questions on recently released return-to-work rate information for permanently disabled workers. The division's analysis shows a more than five percent average increase in return-to-work rates for workers injured between Jan. 1, 2005 and Jun. 30, 2005, in comparison to workers injured prior to Jan. 1, 2005. For more information on the data, please visit the division's Web site at http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/ReturnToWorkRates/ReturnToWorkRates.htm.

Interested parties are invited to attend the forums to hear information on the data analysis, ask questions, make comments on the permanent disability rating schedule (PDRS) and discuss upcoming further analysis of the PDRS. The public forums on the return-to-work data will be held:

Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007 - Los Angeles
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Junipero Serra State Building auditorium
320 West 4th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007 - San Francisco
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Milton Marks Conference Center auditorium
455 Golden Gate Avenue, lower level
San Francisco, CA 94102

To assist the division in its preparation for the public forum, the return-to-work data analysis is posted in the DWC online forum at http://www.dir.ca.gov/WCJudicial.htm. Members of the public may post questions or comments at this online location until Feb. 20.

At the public forums the DWC panel will present the data analysis methodology and findings. Following the presentation there will be a 15 minute break, during which interested parties may sign up to ask questions specifically on the data analysis and/or to make general comments on the PDRS. Specific questions on the data analysis will be taken first, followed by general comments on the PDRS.

To provide everyone a chance to speak, a moderator will limit the questions and comments to five minutes, and camera usage will only be allowed in one area of the room. Comments that exceed five minutes may be submitted in writing on site or by sending them to the DWC:

Via email at DWCForums@dir.ca.gov

Via fax at (510) 286-7314

Via U.S. mail at:
Division of Workers' Compensation
Return-to-work data analysis comments
1515 Clay Street, 17th floor
Oakland CA 94612

Questions and comments on the return-to-work data analysis must be received by 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Feb. 20, 2007.

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