Senate Workers' Compensation Bills Joined with a Small Employer Workers' Compensation Bill

By Loretta Macktal, Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Government Relations

Capitol Update, May 16, 2003 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

After a major setback that reduced the number of employer-backed bills to four in the Senate and two in the Assembly, employers are now faced with another challenge. All of the workers' compensation bills moving in the Senate have been amended to include a provision that they become operative only if SB 229 (John Burton, D-San Francisco) is enacted during the 2003 session.

SB 229 was amended on April 28. Now authored by Senate President pro tem John Burton, SB 229 would link employer-provided health insurance to workers' compensation reform. Under the bill, the State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF) would not raise workers' compensation premium rates for small employers who provide health insurance for their workers, and would have to explore the possibility of providing a permanent premium discount for those employers. (Small employer is not defined in the bill.)

Two other bills, vigorously opposed by employers, SB 2 (Burton) and SB 921 (Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica), would require employers to provide health care coverage for employees.
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