Assembly Bill 334 was introduced in order to expand the skin cancer presumptions, specifically to include Peace officers who are employees of the Department of Parks and Recreation or the Department of Fish and Game. This is already codified in Labor Code Section 3212.11 for active duty lifeguards, and the section is to be expanded to specifically include skin cancer for those peace officers as well.
it is important to note that the skin cancer presumption is not extended to all employees of the Department of Parks and Recreation or Department of Fish and Game, only those who are peace officers whose primary duty shall be the enforcement of the law as set forth in the Fish adn Game Code or the Public Resources Code.
This is definitely a bill that is going to expand cancer liability, though to a very specific set of peace officers.
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 employment. Existing law provides, among other things, that skin cancer developing in active lifeguards, as defined, is presumed to arise out of and in the course of employment, unless the presumption is rebutted. This bill would expand the scope of those provisions to certain peace officers of the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Parks and Recreation.