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September 19, 2001
Calif. Lawmakers Pass Benefits Bills
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California Legislature ended its 2001 session last week, but not before sending Gov. Gray Davis an assortment of bills affecting employee benefits and working conditions.

The San Jose Mercury News provided this laundry list of the changes that will come if Davis signs the bills into law:

  • If you're a state employee, your health plan will cover the cost of an AIDS vaccine if it becomes available.

  • State court workers will get the state holiday honoring Cesar Chavez.

  • If you work as a day laborer in construction, the contractor will be your official employer, not the temporary agency that sent you there. If you get hurt, the contractor pays your workers compensation.

  • Sheepherders who tend California's flocks will be paid more and get the same working conditions that most workers enjoy: 10 minutes off for every four hours of work and tools provided by the employer.

  • Those out of work will find monthly unemployment benefits raised from $230 to $450 over the next three years.

  • The state will forgive the student loans of new doctors who practice in areas with doctor shortages.

  • Law school graduates who go into public interest law will get as much as $11,000 to pay off their student loans.

To view the San Jose Mercury News article, click here.
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