SACRAMENTO (August 31, 2012) - Assemblyman Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) announced today that Senate Bill 863 (de LeÃ³n) passed the Assembly Floor with a strong bi-partisan support. This bill will help both injured workers and employers. It will raise permanent disability benefits by 30% on average and, at the same time, reduce costs of workers' compensation losses by close to $1 billion.
"Medical, lien, and legal costs are too high and this bill will ameliorate the harsh California environment for both employers and employees," said Nielsen. "The payment of Permanent Disability benefits is too often delayed and is not adequate."
Nielsen said that California's workers' compensation is too complex and expensive and does not adequately serve the interests of injured workers or employers.
"Though I would like to have seen more reforms, this bill represents a step forward and I want to urge the Governor to continue this effort and allow better workers compensation practices in California," said Nielsen.