Calif. Law Limits Athlete Workers' Comp To In-State Players

Law360, New York (October 8, 2013, 10:42 PM EDT) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Tuesday blocking professional athletes who played for teams outside California from seeking workers' compensation claims for arthritis and other long-term trauma conditions, addressing concerns over a loophole allowing nonresidents to file such claims in the state.

A.B. 1309 amends the state's labor code, requiring athletes to prove they played primarily in California in order to qualify for disability benefits. Under previous state law, out-of-state pro athletes could file claims in California for nonspecific injuries, or cumulative trauma, even if...
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