Oakland, CA – The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC) has released and posted on its website the final version of “Benefits and Earnings Losses for Permanently Disabled Workers in California: Trends Through the Great Recession and Impacts of Recent Reforms” report by RAND.
Key findings from the report include:
- Earnings losses grew much faster than permanent partial disability benefits during the Great Recession, and wage replacement rates fell as a result.
- California’s Senate Bill 863 has increased statutory wage replacement rates by 21.4 percentage points, helping to restore benefit adequacy.
- Historically, permanently disabled workers have large and persistent earnings losses.
CHSWC, created by the workers’ compensation reform legislation of 1993, is charged with examining the health and safety and workers’ compensation systems in California and recommending administrative or legislative modifications to improve its operations.
Information about CHSWC, the Injured Worker Wage Loss report and Research Brief are available on the CHSWC website or by clicking here:
- Injured Worker Wage Loss Report (PDF)
- Injured Worker Wage Loss Research Brief (PDF)
Information may also be obtained by writing to CHSWC at 1515 Clay Street, 17th floor, Oakland, CA 94612; by calling (510) 622-3959; by faxing a request to 510-286-0499; or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: CA CHSWC