For Immediate Release: March 30, 2011
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Solorio Bill to Reform Wasteful and Confusing Notice Requirements in Workers’ Compensation System Clears Assembly Insurance Committee
AB 335, supported by business and labor leaders, simplifies communications to workers
SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Anaheim), chair of the Assembly Insurance Committee, presented to members of his committee today AB 335, a bill to help injured workers navigate the often complex workers’ compensation system by streamlining and clarifying benefit notices. AB 335 passed out of the Assembly Insurance committee with unanimous, bipartisan support.
“Reducing confusion, misunderstandings, disputes, and litigation will save the state and employers money,” Solorio told the committee. “That is why the California Chamber and other business associations are joining together with labor groups to support this bill.”
AB 335 is in response to a study conducted by the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation. Their findings concluded that the number of notices to workers’ compensation recipients has increased significantly, and the content of the notices has become so complex as to often be counter-productive to assisting employees.
“Injured workers want to get back to work. Getting them there requires clear communication every step of the way,” says Solorio. “That means necessary information — at the right time — in plain language.”
In addition to simplifying notices, AB 335 would also require the Administrative Director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) to produce an easy to understand booklet containing the entire claims process, and make it available on the DWC’s website. The informational booklet’s purpose is to enable injured workers to understand their rights and obligations, and to keep them from becoming overwhelmed by the claims process.
“After AB 335 becomes law, California will have a streamlined benefit notices program that will communicate effectively with injured workers,” says Solorio. “The new law will save time, money, and help employers get their workers back to work sooner.”
State Assemblyman Jose Solorio is the Chair of the Assembly Insurance Committee and also serves on the Assembly Appropriations and Transportation committees. He represents the Sixty-Ninth Assembly District, which includes the cities of Anaheim, Garden Grove, and Santa Ana. For more information about Assemblyman Solorio, visit www.assembly.ca.gov/solorio.
State Assemblyman Jose Solorio represents the cities of Anaheim, Garden Grove and Santa Ana. To learn more about State Assemblyman Solorio and his legislative work, visit his official website. This e-mail communication was authorized and paid for by Solorio for Assembly, ID 1314073, P.O. Box 26063, Santa Ana, CA, 92799.