Proposition 11: Emergency Ambulance Employee Safety and Preparedness

Position: No

Requires Private-Sector Emergency Ambulance Employees to Remain On-Call During Work Breaks. Eliminates Certain Employer Liability. Initiative Statute

Ambulance Employees Paid On-Call Breaks, Training, and Mental Health Services Initiative; Allows private ambulance providers to require workers to remain on-call during breaks, paid at their regular rate.

The Libertarian Party of California recommends a “No” vote on Proposition 11.

EMTs have traditionally been on-call during their breaks because it’s cost prohibitive to have another full ambulance crew come on duty to cover them during a break if an emergency call comes in.  But in 2016 the California Supreme Court ruled that the state law intended to protect general workers break periods also applied to EMTs.  The private ambulance industry can’t make this work without substantial cost increases which present problems for the emergency response systems.  If this initiative had simply corrected the problem caused by the 2016 court ruling by exempting EMT companies and leaving it up to the free market, we could have supported it. However rather than just fixing a problem it also includes requiring private companies to offer more unneeded benefits and training.