AB 2028 closes loopholes in the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act. This bill requires that relevant background documents be posted online ten days prior to a public meeting of a state agency, board, or commission, instead of the agenda alone. The bill also clarifies that the public has the right to comment on any agenda item listed for that meeting, regardless of whether a committee of that state body previously discussed that item.
AB 2037 expands the current law that requires hospitals and health facilities give a mere 30-day notice — with 90 days required for certain services (such as emergency departments) — before implementing a service downgrade, change in service, or closure. AB 2037 expands the required notice to 180 days. The bill also increases the hospital closure notice to include more municipalities and clinics. The bill also requires a closure notice on the affected hospital and local newspaper websites.
AB 2537 requires employers who employ workers who provide direct services to patients being treated for opioid overdose to create, implement, and maintain injury and illness prevention plans to protect the workers from hazardous opioid exposure. These plans at minimal must include a screening protocol, the provision of personal protective equipment, decontamination and cleaning protocols, post exposure follow-up, training, and plan assessment.
AB 2588 will stop employers from mandating that applicants for employment who provide direct patient care, incur the cost for required educational programs or training. The bill will also create a retaliation protection for any job applicant who refuses to enter into a contract or agreement that binds them to paying for an employer required educational programs or training.
AB 2604 will allow a health care worker providing direct patient care to override health information technology and clinical practice guidelines if, in their professional judgement, and in accordance with their scope of practice, it is in the best interest of the patient to do so. Subsequently the bill also outlines a protection from
retaliation from their employer for these workers, if they request to override health information technology and clinical practice guidelines.
SB 893 creates a workers compensation rebuttable presumption for hospital employees who provide direct patient care in an acute-hospital setting for issues such as infectious disease and musculoskeletal injury.
SB 1426 will require public sector employers keep records proving they’re implementing injury and illness prevention programs (IIPPs). Current law only requires private sector employers to maintain these records. The bill will close a crucial loophole to protect worker safety and ensure all employers are providing accountability.
This bill is our sponsored legislation which will bring parity to the hospital inspections process. Under current law in the California Labor Code, CalOSHA is required to give workers the opportunity to speak with the department inspector or investigator without hospital management present. SB 322 would provide consistency in the system and ensure that CDPH hospital inspectors get a complete picture of what is going on in a hospital by mandating the same process.
SB 567 is our sponsored legislation which will create a worker’s compensation rebuttable presumption for hospital employees who provide direct patient care in an acute hospital setting for issues such as infectious disease, cancer, musculoskeletal injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, and respiratory illness.
CNA is in strong support of this bill, which will protect community members by allowing law enforcement to use deadly force only when they have no other option for preventing imminent death or serious bodily injury.
This bill implements an individual mandate in California which will require every person to pay a health insurance premium or receive a fine; this is a regressive tax which will negatively impact working class people of our state.
This bill will protect Californians from discrimination if they choose not to participate in wellness programs. This bill will expand consumer privacy protections and will require transparency around the use of data collected. It also gives workers and enrollees the ability to review and challenge inaccuracies in records created about them in the course of a wellness program. By requiring transparency and avenues for correction, Californians will have the ability to make informed decisions about participating and regain some measure of control over their personal information. AB 648 will prohibit discrimination by stopping an employer from offering a wellness program as a condition of employment, and prohibiting retaliation or any adverse action based on the decision not to participate. This bill will also limit the information that can be collected in the course of a wellness program, limit how long information can be held, require destruction of the data at the end of the program, and prohibit sharing of data collected in the course of a wellness program.
CNA is in strong support of this bill which will allow local governments the opportunity to establish a public bank. Public banks have a fiduciary duty to protect taxpayers’ assets. Profit-driven commercial banks prioritize shareholder returns over everything else, including obligations to the public at large. This was one of several factors that led to the Wall Street meltdown of 2007/ 2008 and the subsequent Great Recession.
CNA opposes AB 1544 because it implements the deeply flawed Alternate Destination and Community Paramedicine programs which threatens patient safety and inappropriately increases paramedics’ scope of practice. AB 1544 authorizes the use of fire and ambulance paramedics to perform medical care as a general healthcare provider.
This bill would extend eligibility for full-scope Medi-Cal benefits to individuals of all ages who are otherwise eligible for those benefits but for their immigration status. The bill would also delete provisions delaying implementation until the director makes the determination described above.
This bill creates equity among health plans and healthcare facilities in the data they are required to report to the state. SB 343 will eliminate existing laws which allow Kaiser Permanente to report more limited information, compared to all other health plans and hospitals. This will increase transparency to the public.
SB 347 allows consumers to make informed purchasing decisions by requiring anyone who distributes, sells, or offers for sale a sugar-sweetened beverage to include a safety warning on the product. The bill would also require a similar warning label be placed on vending machines or beverage dispensing machines where a sugar-sweetened beverage is sold.
CNA is in strong support of this bill which will apply existing labor code protections on the untimely payment of wages, to University of California (UC) employees. Workers in the private sector currently have strong wage and hour protections under the California Labor Code. But UC employees are exempted from these laws.
Celebrate Nearly 20 Years of California's Nurse-to-Patient Ratios!
Nurses fought long and hard for nurse-to-patient ratios because nurses care for their patients. Listen as RNs who were directly involved in the struggle for ratios talk about the fight, and the excitement of winning one of the landmark patient gains in the country and the ONLY patient ratios law in the United States.