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Employer Reps Say SB 213 Too Costly, but Nurses Say Proposed Presumption Necessary

By Mark Powell (Reporter)

Thursday, April 1, 2021 | 2

More than 80 California health care facilities and employer advocacy groups say a bill that would extend to hospital employees a presumption meant for first responders would be too costly, but nursing reps say the expanded coverage is needed because they face many of the same illness- and injury-causing hazards as police officers, firefighters and paramedics. Senate Bill 213, by Sen. Dave Cortese, D-San Jose, would create a presumption that infectious diseases, cancer, musculoskeletal injuries, respiratory diseases and post-traumatic stress disorder are compensable for hospital workers. ...

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