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Governor signs fixes to workers' compensation

Posted: September 18, 2012 1:00 p.m.
Updated: September 18, 2012 1:00 p.m.
 

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a bill intended to reduce workers' compensation costs for California businesses while increasing benefits to injured workers.

Brown was in San Diego to promote the legislation, which supporters said will make the workers' compensation insurance system more efficient. The governor is scheduled to appear in Burbank in the afternoon.

Brown's office said changes were needed because the cost of insurance has risen from $14.8 billion to $19 billion in the past two years.

"We're saving hundreds of millions of dollars for businesses, we're getting workers back to work faster and we're getting them the kind of medical care they need," Brown said before signing the bill inside a family-owned printing shop in San Diego's Barrio Logan neighborhood.

Brown — who was joined by business representatives, labor leaders and legislative leaders — said the bill is an example of what can be achieved when Democrats and Republicans work together.

SB863 will increase benefits to permanently disabled workers by $860 million a year while giving employers a break on insurance costs.

Some attorneys who represent injured workers said the bill limits litigation, which could mean fewer benefits for their clients.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

 

 

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