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The California State Assembly on Thursday unanimously approved legislation that would extend presumptive coverage for skin cancer to some game wardens and state parks employees.
A.B. 334 would extend a rebuttable skin cancer presumption to peace officers with the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Parks and Recreation. The presumption would cover the specified wildlife and parks workers following termination for up to five years, accruing at a rate of three calendar months for each full year of service.
According to a bill analysis, any costs to the two state departments “are expected to be minor and absorbable.”
“There could be minor administrative workload reduction based on the presumption of compensability,” the analysis said. In the past decade, six comp claims for skin cancer from Parks and Recreation workers were denied, according to data from the State Compensation Insurance Fund. The average claim cost was $3,192.
On the same day, appropriations committees on both chambers passed several comp-related bills:
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A California bill would create expand a presumption covering skin cancer for certain workers to include fish and wildlife and parks and recreation workers.