ERAS Bills of Interest
CalPERS benefits for reinstated employees
AB 2028 (Cooper) Watch
AB 2028 would allow involuntarily terminated employees to have their service credits restored in CalPERS when they have been reinstated to employment. Reinstatement would be effective as of the date from which salary is awarded in the proceedings, and only applies to members terminated on or after January 1, 2017. Current law allows wrongfully terminated state employees to restore service credits, but not local employees.
CSAC has a watch position on this bill, and welcomes feedback from counties.
June 23, 2016
AB 1244 (Gray), Support
AB 1244 would require notification and suspension from the workers’ compensation system for any physician or practitioner who has been suspended from participation in Medi-Cal for reasons like felony conviction or any misdemeanor including fraud, Medi-Cal program or patient abuse. Such a physician or practitioner would be barred from participating in the workers’ compensation system in any capacity, including as a qualified medical examiner, a treating provider in a medical provider network, or an independent medical reviewer.
Counties know that workers’ compensation fraud is a systemic problem in California. The issue increases costs to employers while also increasing potential risks and costs to injured workers. CSAC ultimately supports a broader effort toward eliminating abuse and fraud within the workers’ compensation system, but supports AB 1244 as an acceptable first step. AB 1244 will next be heard in the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee on June 29.