Bill Would Provide Workers' Compensation for Hospital Employees Infected on the Job

Under a California bill approved by the state assembly, hospital employees would automatically qualify for workers' compensation if they contracted blood-borne diseases or staph infections while working, according to a Mercury News report.  

The bill would also allow hospitals to contest the presumption for work-related injuries if they do not believe an employee contracted the disease at work.

Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, a Democrat who introduced the bill, said the measure is appropriate because emergency workers such as firefighters and policy already benefit from the presumption for work-related injuries. Republicans opposed the bill, suggesting the bill would raise healthcare fees.

Read the Mercury News report on the California bill for workers' compensation.

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