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Friday, May 3, 2013

Workers' Compensation Has Become A Territorial Fight

As the nation's economy continues to struggle for upward movement, workers' compensation has become a political battlefield. Professional athletes have become a target as states attempt to pass legislation to restrict claims from visiting athletes.

"Controversial legislation that would restrict most professional athletes from out-of-state
teams from filing claims in California workers' compensation courts won overwhelming approval Thursday in the state Assembly.
Despite aggressive lobbying by professional football players and other athletes, the bill, AB 1309, passed 61 to 4. The measure now goes to the state Senate.
"Our workers' compensation system has been increasingly exploited by out-of-state professional players at the expense of California teams and all California businesses," said the bill's author, Assemblyman Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno). "The flood of claims are raising insurance costs for all employers."
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