On September 19, 2012, Governor Brown signed a new workers' comp law making vast
changes to the workers' comp system. The new law calls for higher permanent
disability payments to workers but changes many workers' comp processes in the
name of reform and cost savings. Here are some of the specific changes that
will affect injured workers most:
- A higher minimum and maximum weekly rate will be
phased in for permanent partial disability rates.
- Permanent disability is no longer required to be
paid if the employee is offered a position that pays at least 85% of his or her
wages at time of injury.
- Changes were made to the permanent disability
rating schedule for injuries after 1/1/13.
- Changes were made to the supplemental job
displacement benefit (training voucher).
- The laws regarding medical provider networks, the
utilization review, the independent medical review system, and the role of
qualified medical evaluators have changed substantially.
Most of the changes take effect January 13, 2013, and at
some point regulations will be published, further explaining some of the changes in the law. Nolo will be updating this page soon with comprehensive details of the changes.
Effective date: September 19, 2012