Training

14
Dec

Cal/OSHA Amendment Significantly Expands its Definition of “Repeat” Violations

Effective January 1, 2017, Cal/OSHA will be utilizing a broader definition of “Repeat” violation under California’s Health and Safety Code.  This is significant for California employers because if Cal/OSHA finds a Repeat violation, the employer could initially be subject to a penalty of up to $70,000, and up to $124,709 or more when Cal/OSHA updates its penalties as required by

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14
Dec

Cal/OSHA Adopts First in the Nation Standard on Workplace Violence Prevention for Healthcare Employers

National research indicates that health care workers are at a substantially higher risk of workplace violence than the average worker in another industry.  According to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), from 2002 to 2013, the rate of serious workplace violence incidents (those requiring days off for an injured worker to recuperate) was more than four times greater

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7
Dec

Recommendations to Make the Corporate Holiday Party Fun, Festive, and Harassment-Free

Around the holiday season,  a lot of employers want to celebrate in some form and fashion with their employees. Most employers don’t realize their potential liability. Potential liability is almost always there, but some simple recommendations can go along with in limiting their liability including: Employers should consider hosting a holiday event outside of the traditional holiday party. A growing trend

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3
Dec

ATF: Marijuana and Firearms Don’t Mix

Much has been written in the comment section of The Shooter’s Log regarding state versus federal laws. So, this article should provide for lively debate. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) has issued a clarification to language on ATF Form 4473. The clarification covers the use of marijuana in states that have legalized it for recreational or medicinal

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2
Dec

OSHA Issues Walking-Working Surfaces Rule

On November 17, 2016, OSHA issued a final rule revising and updating its general industry Walking-Working Surfaces standards specific to slip, trip, and fall hazards. The final rule includes revised and new provisions addressing fixed ladders, rope descent systems, and fall protection systems. The rule also establishes requirements on the design, performance and use of personal fall protection systems in

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10
Nov

California Passes Law Expanding I-9 Controls

An amendment to California law expands state prohibitions against “unfair immigration-related practices” related to the hiring of foreign nationals. SB-1001 goes into effective on January 1, 2017. According to the preamble of the bill, it is “unlawful for an employer to request more or different documents than are required under federal law, to refuse to honor documents tendered that on

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22
Jun

Just how much water do you need in extreme heat?

If you’re planning to spend any time out in the extreme heat, even just resting, you’re going to want to drink one 16-ounce bottle of water per hour to keep your body hydrated. You should start hydrating well before you spend time in the sun. That means if you’re out during the hottest parts of the day, between 10 a.m.

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21
Jun

7 Cities in California Have Adopted Sick Leave Laws

Sick leave laws continue to complicate employer’s administration, especially for those with multiple businesses in different cities or states. Last July, California passed a new sick leave law. Today, there are seven (7) states that have their own sick leave law. If that’s not enough, seven (7) ciities in California have passed their own laws including San Francisco, Oakland, Emeryville,

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