California Workers’ Comp Reform Measure Signed Into Law

By Roberto Ceniceros

Sep. 18, 2012

California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed workers’ compensation reform legislation into law Sept. 18, saying the law will reverse a four-year trend of rate increases.

Signing S.B. 863 will “reduce costs to businesses and protect workers by cutting out hundreds of millions of dollars in waste from California’s workers’ compensation system,” the governor said in a statement. The governor said it will reduce employers’ workers’ comp costs by nearly $1 billion.

“These significant reforms save hundreds of millions of dollars for California’s employers while preventing an imminent crisis of skyrocketing rates that would have hurt both injured workers and businesses,” the governor said in the statement. “It’s extraordinary to see Republicans and Democrats come together to solve a problem before it becomes a crisis.”

Among other measures, the new law increases permanent disability benefits by 30 percent. Its provisions also will create an independent review process for medical treatment and billing disputes, fee schedules for home health care, language interpretation and other comp-related services, and fees for current and future lien filings.

A statement released by the governor contained praise from several employer groups. Jill A. Dulich, senior director of Marriott International Inc. claims services in Los Angeles, in the statement praised the governor’s administration for its role in passage of the reforms.

“Marriott is very encouraged by the efforts of the administration to bring all parties to the table to realize meaningful workers’ compensation reform this year,” she said in the statement. “S.B. 863 will bring more predictability and stability to the California workers’ compensation system in a time of economic challenge for all participants. We look forward to realizing the benefit to our injured associates and our company with the multifaceted improvements contained in the bill.”

Roberto Ceniceros writes for Business Insurance, a sister publication of Workforce Management. To comment, email

Stay informed and connected. Get human resources news and HR features via Workforce Management’s Twitter feed or RSS feeds for mobile devices and news readers.

Roberto Ceniceros writes for Business Insurance, a sister publication of Workforce Management.

What’s New at

blog workforce

Come see what we’re building in the world of predictive employee scheduling, superior labor insights and next-gen employee apps. We’re on a mission to automate workforce management for hourly employees and bring productivity, optimization and engagement to the frontline.

Book a call
See the software

Related Articles

workforce blog


Minimum Wage by State in 2023 – All You Need to Know

Summary Twenty-three states and D.C. raised their minimum wage rates in 2023, effective January 1.  Thr...

federal law, minimum wage, pay rates, state law, wage law compliance

workforce blog


New Labor Laws Taking Effect in 2023

The new year is fast approaching, and with its arrival comes a host of new labor laws that will impact ...

labor laws, minimum wage, wage and hour law

workforce blog


Wage and Hour Laws in 2022: What Employers Need to Know

Whether a mom-and-pop shop with a handful of employees or a large corporation staffing thousands, compl...

compliance, wage and hour law