Workers’ Comp Reform: Part 1 Down, Part 2 To Go

Yesterday Governor Gregoire signed SB 5801 into law:

“We know we need to help more workers return to good health and back on the job after an injury, as well as reduce costs for our taxpayers and businesses,” Gregoire said. “This bill does both. It improves outcomes for our employees, while saving more than $200 million over the next four years. I’m proud of our workers compensation workgroup, which pulled together leaders from our business and labor communities. This bill is the result of their work, and it has strong bi-partisan support.”

This is good news, but it’s only the first step in the reform process, as outlined in our brief from last week.