Employee Relations 08/10/2012
Reform Watch: Pensions and Workers’ Compensation
Media is reporting that a small group of private employers and
members of the labor community expect to introduce end-of-session
legislation to increase permanent disability benefits provided to
injured workers. Parties to the negotiations insist that any
increased payments can be funded with savings created through
other reforms in the system and will not result in increased
insurance premiums on employers. Governor Jerry Brown and his
administration have not commented.
The news comes as Senate President pro tem Darrell Steinberg continues to state his commitment to pass pension reform legislation before August 31, the last day of the 2011-12 legislative session. Counties will recall that a joint legislative conference committee was convened last year for the purpose of crafting comprehensive pension reform legislation. While the committee has held several hearings and most bills concerning changes to public pension systems have been referred to the committee, no legislation has been produced yet.
CSAC will keep counties informed of further actions taken on both of these important issues.