A California assemblyman's bill to protect employees providing CPR has cleared the committee.
Assemblyman Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced that AB 633 passed the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee with bipartisan support.
AB 633 will prohibit employer policies that prohibit an employee from providing emergency medical services, including CPR, in response to a medical emergency.
“AB 633 protects employees who choose to save a life without the fear of losing their job,” said Salas. “State law should protect those who want to do the right thing and are willing to step forward to administer CPR.”
According to the American Heart Association, there are approximately 360,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the U.S. each year. On average, bystander CPR is provided approximately in one fourth of all out-of-hospital events.
In some emergency situations dispatchers have asked employees to perform CPR on individuals and the employee was reluctant and/or refused, citing the employer policy.
AB 633 next goes to the Assembly Judiciary Committee for consideration.