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February 22, 2011  

Department of Industrial Relations partners with Univision to reach Spanish-speaking workers
Televised phone bank focuses on workers' compensation benefits, workplace safety and wage and hour laws

The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and the Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC), in association with Univision, KUVS TV-Channel 19 Spanish language television, are reaching out to workers during a televised, live call-in phone bank tomorrow, Feb. 23, in Sacramento. The phone bank provides Spanish-speaking viewers the opportunity to learn about and call in with questions about workers' compensation benefits and other workplace-related issues. The broadcast takes place:

Wednesday, Feb. 23
6 - 7 p.m.
Univision, KUVS TV-Channel 19
Sacramento, CA

The goal of this phone bank is to promote the services of DIR and its divisions to non-English speaking workers and be available to receive questions and complaints from the Latino community in the Sacramento, Stockton, Modesto vicinity during the early evening newscast. The phone bank will include brief interviews with designated staff focusing on workers’ rights and workplace safety. 

DWC information and assistance officers will be joined by representatives from the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement and Occupational Safety and Health.

Participation in the Univision phone bank represents another vital step in the DWC’s plan to reach out to workers where they live, in ways that are meaningful to them, to provide information about their rights should they become hurt or sick because of work. The DWC also conducts Spanish-language seminars around the state to help employees navigate the workers’ compensation system. More information on these seminars, along with Spanish-language fact sheets and guides for injured workers can be found on the DWC Web site.