BILL NUMBER: AB 1309	CHAPTERED
	BILL TEXT

	CHAPTER  653
	FILED WITH SECRETARY OF STATE  OCTOBER 8, 2013
	APPROVED BY GOVERNOR  OCTOBER 8, 2013
	PASSED THE SENATE  SEPTEMBER 6, 2013
	PASSED THE ASSEMBLY  SEPTEMBER 9, 2013
	AMENDED IN SENATE  SEPTEMBER 5, 2013
	AMENDED IN SENATE  SEPTEMBER 4, 2013
	AMENDED IN SENATE  AUGUST 28, 2013
	AMENDED IN SENATE  AUGUST 13, 2013
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  APRIL 25, 2013
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  APRIL 10, 2013

INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Perea
   (Principal coauthor: Senator Lieu)
   (Coauthors: Assembly Members Buchanan, Conway, Hagman, and Hall)
   (Coauthors: Senators Correa, Hill, Huff, Lara, and Wyland)

                        FEBRUARY 22, 2013

   An act to amend Section 3600.5 of the Labor Code, relating to
workers' compensation.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 1309, Perea. Workers' compensation: professional athletes.
   Existing workers' compensation law requires employers to secure
the payment of workers' compensation, including medical treatment,
for injuries incurred by their employees that arise out of, or in the
course of, employment.
   Existing law provides that an injury may be either "specific,"
occurring as the result of one incident or exposure that causes
disability or need for medical treatment, or "cumulative," occurring
as repetitive mentally or physically traumatic activities extending
over a period of time, the combined effect of which causes any
disability or need for medical treatment.
   Existing law provides that an employee who has been hired outside
of this state and his or her employer are exempt from these
provisions while the employee is temporarily within this state doing
work for his or her employer if the employer has furnished workers'
compensation insurance coverage under the workers' compensation
insurance or similar laws of a state other than California, as
specified.
   This bill would exempt an employee hired outside of this state and
his or her employer from the occupational disease and cumulative
injury provisions of this state's workers' compensation laws if (1)
the employee is a professional athlete, defined, for purposes of
these provisions, to include an athlete who is employed at the minor
or major league level in the sport of baseball, basketball, football,
ice hockey, or soccer, (2) that professional athlete is temporarily
within this state doing work for his or her employer, and (3) the
employer has furnished workers' compensation insurance under the laws
of the state other than California that covers the professional
athlete's employment while in this state, except as specified. This
bill would deem a professional athlete to be temporarily within the
state doing work for his or her employer if, during the 365
consecutive days immediately preceding the professional athlete's
last day of work for the employer within the state, the professional
athlete performs less than 20% of his or her duty days, as defined,
in the state. The bill would also exempt a professional athlete and
his or her employer from the occupational disease or cumulative
injury provisions of this state's workers' compensation laws when all
of the professional athlete's employers in his or her last year of
work as a professional athlete are exempt from these provisions
unless the professional athlete has, over the course of his or her
professional athletic career, (1) worked for 2 or more seasons for a
California-based team or teams, as defined, or worked 20% or more of
his or her duty days in California or for a California-based team,
and, (2) worked for fewer than 7 seasons for any team other than a
California-based team. The bill would also state that it is the
intent of the Legislature that the decision of the Workers'
Compensation Appeals Board in Wesley Carroll v. Cincinnati Bengals,
et al. (2013) 78 Cal.Comp.Cases ____ (ADJ2295331) (WCAB En Banc) be
limited to professional athletes, and would include other specified
statements of legislative intent.
   The bill would provide that these changes apply to all pending
claims for benefits filed on or after September 15, 2013, as
specified.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  Section 3600.5 of the Labor Code is amended to read:
   3600.5.  (a) If an employee who has been hired or is regularly
working in the state receives personal injury by accident arising out
of and in the course of employment outside of this state, he or she,
or his or her dependents, in the case of his or her death, shall be
entitled to compensation according to the law of this state.
   (b) (1) An employee who has been hired outside of this state and
his or her employer shall be exempted from the provisions of this
division while the employee is temporarily within this state doing
work for his or her employer if the employer has furnished workers'
compensation insurance coverage under the workers' compensation
insurance or similar laws of a state other than California, so as to
cover the employee's work while in this state if both of the
following apply:
   (A) The extraterritorial provisions of this division are
recognized in the other state.
   (B) The employers and employees who are covered in this state are
likewise exempted from the application of the workers' compensation
insurance or similar laws of the other state.
   (2) In any case in which paragraph (1) is satisfied, the benefits
under the workers' compensation insurance or similar laws of the
other state, and other remedies under those laws, shall be the
exclusive remedy against the employer for any injury, whether
resulting in death or not, received by the employee while working for
the employer in this state.
   (c) (1) With respect to an occupational disease or cumulative
injury, a professional athlete who has been hired outside of this
state and his or her employer shall be exempted from the provisions
of this division while the professional athlete is temporarily within
this state doing work for his or her employer if both of the
following are satisfied:
   (A) The employer has furnished workers' compensation insurance
coverage or its equivalent under the laws of a state other than
California.
   (B) The employer's workers' compensation insurance or its
equivalent covers the professional athlete's work while in this
state.
   (2) In any case in which paragraph (1) is satisfied, the benefits
under the workers' compensation insurance or similar laws of the
other state, and other remedies under those laws, shall be the
exclusive remedy against the employer for any occupational disease or
cumulative injury, whether resulting in death or not, received by
the employee while working for the employer in this state.
   (3) A professional athlete shall be deemed, for purposes of this
subdivision, to be temporarily within this state doing work for his
or her employer if, during the 365 consecutive days immediately
preceding the professional athlete's last day of work for the
employer within the state, the professional athlete performs less
than 20 percent of his or her duty days in California during that
365-day period in California.
   (d) (1) With respect to an occupational disease or cumulative
injury, a professional athlete and his or her employer shall be
exempt from this division when all of the professional athlete's
employers in his or her last year of work as a professional athlete
are exempt from this division pursuant to subdivision (c) or any
other law, unless both of the following conditions are satisfied:
   (A) The professional athlete has, over the course of his or her
professional athletic career, worked for two or more seasons for a
California-based team or teams, or the professional athlete has, over
the course of his or her professional athletic career, worked 20
percent or more of his or her duty days either in California or for a
California-based team. The percentage of a professional athletic
career worked either within California or for a California-based team
shall be determined solely by taking the number of duty days the
professional athlete worked for a California-based team or teams,
plus the number of duty days the professional athlete worked as a
professional athlete in California for any team other than a
California-based team, and dividing that number by the total number
of duty days the professional athlete was employed anywhere as a
professional athlete.
   (B) The professional athlete has, over the course of his or her
professional athletic career, worked for fewer than seven seasons for
any team or teams other than a California-based team or teams as
defined in this section.
   (2) When subparagraphs (A) and (B) of paragraph (1) are both
satisfied, liability for the professional athlete's occupational
disease or cumulative injury shall be determined in accordance with
Section 5500.5.
   (e) An employer of professional athletes, other than a
California-based team, shall be exempt from Article 4 (commencing
with Section 3550) of Chapter 2, and subdivisions (a) to (c),
inclusive, of Section 5401.
   (f) For purposes of this section, a certificate from the duly
authorized officer of the appeals board or similar department of
another state certifying that the employer of the other state is
insured in that state and has provided extraterritorial coverage
insuring his or her employees while working within this state shall
be prima facie evidence that the employer carries workers'
compensation insurance.
   (g) For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:

   (1) The term "professional athlete" means an athlete who is
employed at either a minor or major league level in the sport of
baseball, basketball, football, ice hockey, or soccer.
   (2) The term "California-based team" means a team that plays a
majority of its home games in California.
   (3) The term "duty day" means a day in which any services are
performed by a professional athlete under the direction and control
of his or her employer pursuant to a player contract.
   (4) The term "season" means the period from the date of the first
preseason team activity for that contract year, through the date of
the last game the professional athlete's team played during the same
contract year.
   (h) The amendments made to this section by the act adding this
subdivision apply to all claims for benefits pursuant to this
division filed on or after September 15, 2013. The amendments made to
this section by the act adding this subdivision shall not constitute
good cause to reopen any final decision, order, or award.
   (i) If any provision of this section or the application thereof to
any person or circumstances is held invalid, that invalidity shall
not affect other provisions or applications of this section that can
be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to
this end the provisions of this section are severable.
  SEC. 2.  It is the intent of the Legislature that the changes made
to law by this act shall only affect specified professional athletes
and employers of specified professional athletes. The changes made to
law by this act shall not affect any other employer or employee in
the State of California.
  SEC. 3.  It is the intent of the Legislature that the changes made
to law by this act shall have no impact or alter in any way the
decision of the court in Bowen v. Workers' Comp. Appeals Bd. (1999)
73 Cal.App.4th 15.
  SEC. 4.  It is the intent of the Legislature that the decision of
the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board in Wesley Carroll v.
Cincinnati Bengals, et al. (2013) 78 Cal.Comp.Cases ____ (ADJ2295331)
(WCAB En Banc) be limited to professional athletes, as defined in
this act.
  SEC. 5.  It is the intent of the Legislature that the changes made
to law by this act have no impact or alter in any way the decision of
the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board in Dennis McKinley v.
Arizona Cardinals et al. (2013) 78 CCC 23 (ADJ7460656).