Opposition Stops Workers’ Comp “Job Killer” Bill
Strong opposition from the California Chamber of Commerce stopped a “job killer” bill from 2013 that would have resulted in dramatic workers’ compensation cost increases for employers.
Last week, at the author’s request, SB 626 (Beall; D-San Jose) was pulled from the hearing agenda for the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee. As a result, the bill missed the January 17 legislative deadline to pass from policy committee to fiscal committee in the house in which it was introduced.
SB 626 would have resulted in employers paying nearly $1 billion in benefit increases to injured workers without an expectation that the increases will be fully offset by system savings.