Employers Will Be Required to Support Employees Injured on the Job by Act of Domestic Terrorism

On October 14, 2017 the Governor passed (AB 44 – Reyes), Workers’ compensation: medical treatment: terrorist attacks: workplace violence bill.

Existing law establishes a workers’ compensation system, administered by the Administrative Director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation, to compensate an employee for injuries sustained in the course of his or her employment.

The bill will require employers to provide immediate support from a nurse case manager to employees injured in the course of employment by an act of domestic terrorism, as defined, it requires employer-appointed nurse case managers to assist claimants to obtain medically necessary medical treatments, as specified, and will require an employer to provide a prescribed notice to claimants, as specified. The bill makes its provisions applicable only if the Governor declares a state of emergency, as defined, in connection with the act of domestic terrorism. This bill becomes effective January 1, 2018.

This bill will make related legislative findings and declarations.

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