The California Assembly Insurance Committee passed a bill that would separate 15 days of leave from the time employers must accept responsibility for first responders’ claims on terms that are assumed to arise upon employment.
At the same time, the committee on Wednesday did not adopt a bill that advocates characterize as a “gender equality” measure that would create new presumptions for hospital employees. The committee did not vote on the measure because no member moved to approve the bill.
The committee voted 10-2 to send SB 1127 to the appropriations committee.
The bill would give employers 75 days to accept liability for presumptive claims instead of the 90 days they are currently allowed. It would also create a new penalty of up to $ 50,000 if the Board of Appeal for Work Injury Compensation determines that an employer has unreasonably denied a claim for a presumptive injury.
The bill would also provide police officers and firefighters with presumptive cancer claims up to 240 weeks of temporary disability benefits. Injured workers are usually entitled to up to 104 weeks of temporary disability benefits over a five-year period, with the exception of hepatitis, amputations, severe burns and a handful of other specified types of catastrophic injuries that are eligible for 240 weeks.
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