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AB1749 – Out-of-California Police Activity to be Compensable

Alright, dear readers, you remember the story of those Orange County Deputies that sustained serious injuries at the Las Vegas shooting?

Well, Orange County denied their claims on the theory that the injuries were sustained while outside of California, and thus non-compensable.

Well, Assemblyman Tom Daly has introduced an amendment to Labor Code section 3600.2 to include injuries sustained by law enforcement officers within or out of the state (Assembly Bill 1749).

If signed into law, hopefully the fears expressed in this case – that law enforcement officers would hesitate to spring into action while out of the state – would be dispelled.

Here’s hoping that 2018 sees a legislature that is sensitive to the snags and issues we face in the workers’ compensation world and gives us prompt (and thoughtful) amendments to the law.

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