Workers’ Compensation Conference Committee to Meet

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

Capitol Update, Aug. 22, 2003 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The Workers’ Compensation Conference Committee has scheduled meetings on August 26 and 27 to hear testimony on ways to reduce workers’ compensation costs. Although the details have not yet been noticed in the Daily Files, information from staff indicates the meetings will be from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The first meeting on August 26 will focus primarily on getting background information from regulators and other expert organizations such as the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau. The second meeting on August 27 will focus on testimony from all stakeholders. CMTA has also learned that a third meeting, yet to be scheduled, will be held where draft language will be reviewed and discussed before final revisions are made and adopted into the committee report.

CMTA wants to reiterate that the conference committee staff has indicated that the committee's main agenda is to look for ways to reduce workers’ compensation costs that would not include reducing injured workers benefit increases. All other issues are on the table for discussion.

Now, it is more important than ever for employers to contact their legislative representative and copy Governor Gray Davis. It is absolutely imperative that every member of the legislature hear directly from their constituents about the extremely high cost of workers’ compensation and the negative impact it is having on their business. They need to hear from you on how high workers’ compensation costs have forced you to layoff workers or reduce the number of hours worked, cut pay or delay raises, reduce or eliminate health care programs, delay contributions to pension plans, etc., just so that you can stay in business. This would put every legislator on notice that they should influence the work of the conference committee and that you will hold them accountable for the quality of reforms they put into their report to reduce workers' compensation costs.

For information on employer proposed reforms submitted to the committee and a sample letter to your representative go to our web site www.cmta.net.
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