SAN DIEGO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill intended to reduce workers' compensation costs for California businesses while increasing benefits to injured workers.
Brown was in San Diego on Tuesday to promote the legislation, which supporters say will make the workers compensation insurance system more efficient. The governor is scheduled to appear in Burbank in the afternoon.
Brown's office says changes were needed because the cost of insurance has risen from $14.8 billion to $19 billion in the past two years.
SB 863 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 say the bill limits litigation, which could mean fewer benefits for their clients.
The Associated Press