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AB-11 Employees: reserve peace officers and emergency rescue personnel.(2013-2014)

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Assembly Bill No. 11
CHAPTER 120

An act to amend Section 230.4 of the Labor Code, relating to employees.

[ Approved by Governor  August 19, 2013. Filed with Secretary of State  August 19, 2013. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 11, Logue. Employees: reserve peace officers and emergency rescue personnel.
Existing law requires an employer employing 50 or more employees to permit an employee who is a volunteer firefighter to take temporary leaves of absence, not to exceed an aggregate of 14 days per calendar year, for the purpose of engaging in fire or law enforcement training.
This bill would revise these provisions to require those employers to permit an employee who performs emergency duty as a volunteer firefighter, reserve peace officer, or as emergency rescue personnel, as defined, to take the leave of absence described above for the purpose of engaging in fire, law enforcement, or emergency rescue training.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 230.4 of the Labor Code is amended to read:

230.4.
 (a) An employee who performs duty as a volunteer firefighter, a reserve peace officer, or as emergency rescue personnel, as defined in Section 230.3, and who works for an employer employing 50 or more employees, shall be permitted to take temporary leaves of absence, not to exceed an aggregate of 14 days per calendar year, for the purpose of engaging in fire, law enforcement, or emergency rescue training.
(b) An employee who works for an employer employing 50 or more employees who is discharged, threatened with discharge, demoted, suspended, or in any other manner discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment by his or her employer because the employee has taken time off to engage in fire, law enforcement, or emergency rescue training as provided in subdivision (a), is entitled to reinstatement and reimbursement for lost wages and work benefits caused by the acts of the employer.
(c) An employee seeking reinstatement and reimbursement pursuant to this section may file a complaint with the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement in accordance with Section 98.7, and upon receipt of this type of complaint, the Labor Commissioner shall proceed as provided in that section.