Governor Jerry Brown in California has vetoed three bills which would have expanded presumptions of occupational nature for both public and private sector employees in the state. The three rejected bills were:
- AB 2378: would have repealed an appellate court decision that salary continuation payments must be counted against the state’s 104 week cap on TD
- AB 2052: would have expanded the categories of public employees who are eligible for the cancer and heart disease (among others) presumptions
- AB 2616: would have created a presumption for nurses who develop MRSA
Gov. Brown’s stated reasons for the rejections, which pit him against several powerful labor unions, revolve around what he considers a national legislative trend in the public sector which he is reluctant to extend into the private sector (in the case of the nurse’s bill.) California’s legislative trends tend to have influence over policy in other states given their large share of total national workers’ comp premium.
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