On February 7, 2017 California Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez unveiled the Emergency Medical Service Workers Bill Of Rights put forth to the California Legislature as AB-263 Emergency medical services workers: rights and working conditions during a press conference in Sacramento.
Interestingly enough there isn’t much text on the California Legislative Information website for AB-263.
I was able to get a draft of AB-263 Ammendments made available by the UC Labor Center. You can read those here:
There are two “rights” that the amendment document reveal:
- Mandatory uninterrupted breaks – for every four hours you are scheduled to work, you get a 10-minute uninterrupted break midway through your shift. Shift breaks would assumedly be as follows:
- 8-hours – 20 minutes
- 12-hours – 30 minutes
- 16-hours – 40 minutes
- 24-hours – 60 minutes
- Workplace violence prevention plan – a comprehensive workplace violence prevention plan including how to recognize potential violence, how to report violence, any resources available for violent encounters including Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD), and training to go along with these items. The legislature also wants a process established for investigating and responding to violent incidents
Noticeably absent in the amendment document is anything about wages although the subject played a big part in the press conference above. It is assumed that there is going to be something in the actual legislation, but there hasn’t been anything put out about that aspect that I could find just yet. I’ll be posting the actual text once it is available.
While the details of the legislation is vague, I have to applaud Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez for recognizing the contributions made by the private EMS industry and taking the initiative to try and make the quality of life better for these providers who are vital to many communities. Hopefully this will set the groundwork for similar legislation in other states.