Legislation Extends Injury Benefits to Cal Fire Firefighters

State firefighters injured because of their work would receive up to one year of salary instead of worker’s compensation, if a measure that suddenly surfaced Tuesday becomes law, reports The Sacramento Bee.

Assembly Bill 1282, authored by Assemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced, gives Cal Fire rank-and-file firefighters and their supervisors the same paid-leave-of-absence entitlement that local firefighters, CHP officers and law enforcement officers in the Department of Justice receive when they are disabled by an injury caused by performance of their job duties.

“Despite longer workweeks and taking home a third less pay,” according to a fact sheet about the bill issued by Gray’s office, “statute fails to provide Cal Fire firefighters with the same injury protections afforded every other first responder in the state.”

The legislation started in February as a gambling regulation bill that the Assembly passed on a 78-0 vote in May before sending it to the Senate, where it was assigned inactive status in July. Then this week it surfaced as the Cal Fire injury-leave bill.

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