Labor Unions Stump for Last-Minute Workers’ Compensation Bill
California labor unions are pushing for the introduction of an end-of-session bill that would increase workers' compensation payments to permanently injured workers and limit the fees that can be charged in processing claims, the Sacramento Bee's "Capitol Alert" reports.
Angie Wei -- a lobbyist with the California Labor Federation -- said that her group has been in talks with the chairs of the Senate Labor and Assembly Insurance committees about the issue and that unions and employers have been negotiating over workers' compensation for months.
Although there is less than a month left in the legislative session, Wei said she expects a bill to be introduced soon.
Last year, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoed several workers' compensation bills, saying he wanted to see comprehensive changes to the system rather than a piecemeal approach (Rosenhall, "Capitol Alert," Sacramento Bee, 8/8).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.