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AB-2616 Workers’ compensation: hospital employers: compensation.(2013-2014)

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Assembly:
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Bill Status
AB-2616
Skinner (A)
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Workers’ compensation: hospital employers: compensation.
03/25/14
An act to amend Section 4663 of, and to add Section 3212.13 to, the Labor Code, relating to workers’ compensation.
Assembly
08/26/14
08/18/14

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Fiscal Committee
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Urgency
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
09/29/14 Vetoed by Governor.
09/05/14 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
08/22/14 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 47. Noes 24. Page 6325.).
08/20/14 In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after August 22 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.
08/20/14 Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 24. Noes 9. Page 4653.).
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 2616 without my signature.

This bill would create a first of its kind private employer workers' compensation presumption for a specific staph infection -- methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) -- for certain hospital employees.

California's no-fault system of worker's compensation insurance requires that claims must be "liberally construed" to extend benefits to injured workers whenever possible. The determination that an illness is work-related should be decided by the rules of that system and on the specific facts of each employee's situation. While I am aware that statutory presumptions have steadily expanded for certain public employees, I am not inclined to further this trend or to introduce it into the private sector.

Some have reported that hospitals have intimidated nurses from filing valid worker's compensation claims for a work-related MRSA infection. Any such conduct would be reprehensible. I am therefore directing the Department of Industrial Relations to investigate and take whatever action is needed.

Sincerely,



Edmund G. Brown Jr.