California DIR Adds Afternoon Session In Oakland For Workers’ Comp Forums

                               Oakland, CA ( - The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has scheduled an additional session for the public forums on workers' compensation. An afternoon session has been added in Oakland on April 30. (Registration for the morning session in Oakland is now closed.)

“We continue to receive a great response from the public for the opportunity to provide feedback on improvements to the workers' compensation system.  Because of this we are adding one more session in Oakland,” said DIR Director Christine Baker. “The forums are intended to discuss current issues in the workers' compensation system and to gather information from stakeholders and members of the public on suggestions for improvements.”

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

  • Provision of appropriate medical treatment without unnecessary delay, the medical provider network (MPN), utilization review (UR) or other issues
  • Enabling injured workers to return to work as quickly as medically feasible
  • Adequate compensation for permanent disabilities
  • Reducing the burden of liens on the system
  • Identification of appropriate fee schedules
  • Reducing unnecessary litigation costs
  • Assessing appropriate use of opiates and other care
  • Any other improvements needed

The forums will be held in:

  • Sacramento on Tuesday, April 10
    • Morning session—Registration closed
    • Afternoon session—2-5 p.m. (click here to register)
  • Los Angeles on Monday, April 16—Registration closed
  • Orange County on Tuesday, April 17 (click here to register)
  • Fresno on Wednesday,  April 18 (click here to register)
  • San Bernardino on Tuesday, April 24(click here to register)
  • San Diego on Wednesday, April 25 (click here to register)
  • Oakland on Monday, April 30
    • Morning session—Registration closed
    • Afternoon session—2-5 p.m. (click here to register)

Seating is limited at many of the workers' compensation public forums locations and registration is required. (Click link to see complete details on each location, including starting times and venue addresses.) 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.

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