Skin Cancer Treatment Could Be Covered by Worker's Comp

Workers’ compensation claims happen. Restaurant cooks cut themselves. Factory workers get carpal tunnel. Lifeguards develop skin cancer.

Yeah, you read that right. Lifeguards can claim skin cancer as a work-related injury. Well, at least some lifeguards in California.

According to the California Labor Code Section 3212.11, skin cancer developing in active lifeguards is “presumed to arise out of and in the course of employment”. This includes lifeguards employed by city, county, and state agencies.

Now, an Assembly Bill is looking to expand that coverage. AB-334, drafted January 27, 2021, seeks to amend Section 3212.11 to also include peace officers of the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Parks and Recreation.

This amendment does make sense. The work done by those peace officers puts them in the sun a lot, possibly as much as lifeguards. So, why wouldn’t they also have workers’ comp coverage for skin cancer treatment?

We’ll have to wait and see if AB-334 passes. It could lead to coverage for other groups of government workers who spend much of their workday in the sun.