Workers’ Compensation In California: Next California Governor Will Face Challenges To States Workers’ Compensation Reform

(From a Sacramenton Bee article) When Arnold Schwarzenegger deigns to catalog his accomplishments, reforming the state’s system of compensating workers for job-related injuries and illnesses ranks high on his list.

One of Schwarzenegger’s first acts six years ago was bulldozing the Legislature into a sweeping overhaul of workers’ compensation, reducing both eligibility for direct payments to disabled workers and medical care costs.

The system is so large that the legislation and the administration’s subsequent implementation rules cut employers’ costs by about $15 billion a year, or approaching $100 billion so far.

Workers’ comp politics being what they are, however, the changes generated fierce opposition from those on the other end of the pipeline, namely unions, disability attorneys and medical care providers.

http://www.sacbee.com/2010/02/22/2554129/dan-walters-workers-comp-battle.html

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