Bulletin No. 78-05
December 14, 2005

State Division of Workers' Compensation holds free Spanish-language seminar on workers' compensation benefits and laws in Los Angeles

Oakland - The California Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) will conduct a free Spanish-language seminar on workers' compensation benefits and laws in Los Angeles Jan. 11. The seminar is set up for people that have recently filed a workers' compensation claim with their employer, but any employee can benefit from attending, and anyone can attend.

"If you need help understanding your rights, the Division of Workers' Compensation can help," said DWC Acting Administrative Director Carrie Nevans. "The seminar provides an opportunity to get information on your options under workers' compensation law and ask questions."

At the seminar workers will learn about their right to medical treatment, disability payments, returning to work after an injury and resolving a disagreement over a claim. The workshop will take place in downtown Los Angeles on:

Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006
6-7 p.m.
Bob Hope Patriotic Hall
1816 S. Figueroa Street
Wilson Room, 8th floor
Los Angeles CA

The division is partnering with Cal/OSHA, the state's occupational safety and health agency, and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) to advise workers about the workshop.

"Cal/OSHA and DLSE choose locations to check on employer compliance with safety and wage laws based on their experience with high-hazard industries, the underground economy and complaints about substandard conditions," said Nevans. "Coordinating with them allows us to strategically locate those most likely to be injured on the job and least likely to know their rights."

The one-hour program consists of a structured presentation followed by a question and answer session and is conducted by the DWC Information and Assistance Unit. The Information and Assistance Unit plays a major role in resolving disagreements over workers' compensation benefits and is often the first DWC contact for injured workers.

The Los Angeles Spanish-language workshop is the second in a series the DWC plans to conduct in various locations around the state. The first was held in Calexico in September.

In addition to the regional Spanish-language workshops, English-language workshops are held monthly at 23 local DWC offices. A listing of workshop days and times can be found on DWC's Web site at www.dir.ca.gov/dwc. Injured workers can also call 1-800-736-7401 to find the workshop near them and hear other recorded information. To go directly to workshop locations in English, workers should press 7, then 7 again, then 1 after dialing the 800 number. Spanish-speaking workers may call 1-800-736-7401 and press 2 for details.

The division has also produced posters and flyers in Spanish and English to promote the workshops. Community based organizations and others who'd like to download the flyer for distribution to workers may do so by clicking the link "Injured on the job? Need to know your rights?" from the DWC home page at www.dir.ca.gov/dwc. Posters are available from the Division of Workers' Compensation by calling 510.286.7076.