Unpacking workers' comp reform

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Oct. 25, 2012 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The Workers' Compensation Action Network (WCAN) and the California Coalition on Workers’ Compensation (CCWA), both of which CMTA has board membership, recently hosted a webinar on SB 863 (Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles), the workers’ comp reform bill that was signed into law last month by Governor Jerry Brown. The link to the webinar can be found here (http://www.fixworkerscompnow.org/webinar.html). The webinar provides a detailed summary of the reforms found in the 119-page bill and outlines the next steps needed for their effective implementation. There is an audio recording of the presentation as well as a PDF of the materials, for quick review.

SB 863 was the result of negotiations between labor and employers to balance cost savings for employers with benefit increases for permanently injured workers. Now that it has been signed into law, extensive work still must be done in the regulatory process at the Division of Workers’ Compensation to ensure that the successes of SB 863 are implemented effectively. CMTA is diligently working with WCAN, CCWA and others to advocate for cost effective workers’ compensation regulations.  If you would like to be involved in this process and are a CMTA-member, please consider joining the CMTA Workers’ Compensation Task Group.  You can contact Marisa Hull at MHull@cmta.net to be included.

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