Newsline No. 12-12  
February 16, 2012  

Department of Industrial Relations seeks input on the Workers' Compensation System

The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) are planning open forums across the state to begin discussions on the current issues in the workers’ compensation system and to gather information from stakeholders and members of the public on suggestions for improvements.

“We want to gather input on areas of improvement for the workers’ compensation system in our effort to ensure a balanced approach for both injured workers and employers,” said DIR Director Christine Baker. “Our effort is to identify efficiencies and improvements that will ensure adequate and timely benefits to injured workers while ensuring that the costs of the system are sustainable. Those who are familiar with the workings of the system are more likely to be able to point out areas of focus for our efforts.”

“Improvements are needed to get injured workers back to work and to remove the imbalance of costs and benefits currently in the system,” said DWC Administrative Director Rosa Moran.

DIR Director Christine Baker and DWC Administrative Director Rosa Moran will host the forums and topics of discussion will include:

The forums will be held:

The Workers’ Compensation public forums are scheduled to be held statewide during the month of April. Seating is limited at many of the locations and registration is required. Verbal testimony at the open forums will be limited to three minutes per speaker and written testimony can be submitted to in advance of the meeting.