Early this year, the Times has revealed that California has paid millions of dollars in workers’ compensation claims to professional athletes including those who only played a number of games in the state but spent their entire careers for out-of-state teams.
Therefore, the lawmakers have come up with a bill that would ban athletes of professional sports teams based outside California from filing workers’ compensation claims in the state.
Under the proposed law would, claims for cumulative trauma suffered over the course of a career would only be allowed for athletes who played at least two seasons for a professional team based in California, explained by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.
Apparently, the purpose of the agreement is to limit the state from cashing out significant cost in workers’ compensation benefits to athletes who never played for a California sports team.
Fortunately, the amended AB 1309 by Assemblyman Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) received an approval from the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee early this month.
Also, Perea further said that bill aims to protect the rights of injured workers who are substantially employed here.
In a statement released by the chief financial officer for the Los Angeles Clippers, Ed Lamb, he said:
“The amended bill strikes a fair and equitable balance between protecting California’s employees and closing an egregious loophole that allows out-of-state claims to be filed in California”.
So far, the proposed bill is waiting for an approval from the full Senate before it finally pools with the other California employment laws.