AB 2536 – Expands the Definition of Emergency Rescue Personnel and Clarifies Notice Requirements for Leave Needed as Emergency Rescue Personnel

Category: Briefing Room
Date: Dec 30, 2014 07:15 PM

California law generally prohibits an employer from discharging or discriminating against an employee for taking time off to perform emergency duty as a volunteer firefighter, peace officer, or emergency rescue personnel. 

AB 2536 clarifies that an employee who is a health care provider must notify his or her employer at the time they become designated as "emergency rescue personnel" and when they will be deployed as a result of that designation. This bill also clarifies that a "health care provider" is defined as person licensed or certified under the Healing Arts division of the Business and Professions Code, licensed under the Osteopathic Initiative Act, or licensed under the Chiropractic Initiative Act.  This legislation also expands the definition of emergency rescue personnel to include an officer, employee, or member of a disaster medical response entity sponsored or requested by the state, such as the California Medical Assistance Teams (CAL-MAT).

Employers will need to update their policies and train supervisors to ensure that employees who are covered health care providers designated as emergency rescue personnel under this law are not discharged or discriminated against for taking time off to perform emergency duty.

(AB 2536 amends Section 230.3 of the Labor Code.)

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