Articles: New Workers’ Compensation Law. On September 19, 2012, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 863, a sweeping piece of reform legislation designed to fundamentally change many aspects of the workers’ compensation system. The new law affects two primary areas: medical treatment and permanent disability. For medical treatment, the law establishes an “independent medical review” system for addressing the reasonableness of treatment requests made by an injured worker’s treating physician. Read More