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Proposition 11: Emergency Ambulance Employees Safety and Preparedness Act
- Federal law – Under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, emergency employees may not receive compensation for interrupted breaks.
- State law – Under the California Labor Code, employer-mandated on-call rest breaks are illegal.
- CA Supreme Court – In Augustus v. ABM Security Services (2016), the California Supreme Court held that on-call breaks violate state labor law. Full compliance with the Augustus decision would potentially increase costs for ambulance providers by more than $100,000 annually.
- Allows emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics to remain on-call during breaks.
- Requires employers to pay EMTs and paramedics at their regular rates during their breaks.
- Requires 911 ambulance operators to maintain high staffing levels to provide coverage for breaks.
- Requires training for certain emergency incidents related to active shooters, multiple casualties, natural disasters, and violence prevention.
- Requires employers to provide employees mandatory mental health coverage, as well as yearly mental health and wellness training.
- Retroactively prevents emergency employees from bringing claims pursuant to Augustus against ambulance service providers, including claims already pending.
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Analysis of Proposition 11 provided by Anupe Litt and David Witkin.