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California cannabis regulators defer business license renewal fees.

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“The fee deferral announcement that came out today is a step in the right direction. We are encouraged that industry advocacy efforts have evolved into actions that provide real relief for the essential regulated cannabis industry.” Furthermore, the CDFA report mentions that cannabis businesses can seek out state tax relief and can submit disaster relief requests to their licensing authorities.

https://mjbizdaily.com/california-marijuana-regulators-defer-business-license-renewal-fees/

Nearly 80% of Illicit-Market Vape Cartridges Collected During Buy-Back Program Were Unfit for Consumption

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Interview with John Butters of Mankind Dispensary regarding the illicit-market vape cartridge buy-back program. 80% of the unregulated vapes collected were unfit for consumption: 62% failed for pesticides, 37% failed for lead, and 20% contained vitamin E acetate.

https://www.cannabisdispensarymag.com/article/illicit-market-vapes-collected-during-buy-back-program-unfit-for-consumption/

Proposition 65 – The Basics & New Law – Restaurant Specific

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Focus Groups: Restaurant Employers

Who Should Attend: Managers, Supervisors, Owners, Human Resources

Webinar – 60 minute PowerPoint

COST: Free

Proposition 65 has been around since the 80’s and in the past, pretty much one sign fit all. Not any more. There are specific posting and/or specific labels now required. They may be a specific size and in a specific language. We will go over all of this and more! Fines for not posting and not posting/labeling properly are a maximum of $2,500/day per occurrence with a one year look-back period.This webinar will be restaurant specific.

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ADAA Employee Work Accommodations

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Focus Groups: All Employers

Who Should Attend: Managers, Supervisors, Owners, Human Resources

Webinar – 60 minute PowerPoint

COST: Non-Clients $49.00, HRI Clients, GGRA, & PACE are Free (with coupon code)

A reasonable accommodation is any modification or adjustment to the application or hiring process, to the job, an employment practice, or the work environment that allows a qualified individual with a disability to perform the essential functions of the job. This webinar will provide you with the employer obligations regarding ADAA employee work accommodations.

2018 Sept 19th @ 3pm – ADAA Employee Work Accommodations

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” Workplace Violence/Active Shooter Training – What Employers Need to Know”

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On April 12th at 1:00 pm, we will be doing one of our most-attended webinars this year, ” Workplace Violence/Active Shooter Training – What Employers Need to Know”. As you already know, this is a very hot topic and highly litigious area for all employers. For more details, see our website at www.strattonagency.com  of contact an HR Representative at 925-556-4404 for more details.

Employers Must Post OSHA 300A From February 1 – April 30

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Employers covered by OSHA’s recordkeeping rule are required to prepare and post the OSHA Form 300A, “Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses,” beginning February 1 and keep the form posted until April 30.  The form must be posted at each establishment covered, in a conspicuous place where notices to employees are customarily posted.

Prior to posting, a company executive must review the OSHA 300A and certify that “he or she has examined the OSHA 300 Log and that he or she reasonably believes, based on his or her knowledge of the process by which the information was recorded, that the annual summary is correct and complete.”

Under OSHA’s rule, a company executive can be one of the following:  (1) an owner of the company (only if the company is a sole proprietorship or partnership); (2) an officer of the corporation; (3) the highest ranking company official working at the establishment; or (4) the immediate supervisor of the highest ranking company official working at the establishment.

OSHA can cite an employer who fails to post the OSHA Form 300A as required.  Employers should take steps now to ensure they are fully compliant.

If you should have any questions, please contact your HR Representative at 925-556-4404.

Update on the 2018 Flu Season – What Employers Need to know

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  • As of 1/5/18, there have been 28 flu-related deaths under age 65;
  • As of 1/17/18, there have been 42 flu-related deaths under the age of 65;
  • What is mainly circulating this year is the H3N2 and tends too cause more severe disease;
  • As of 1/17/18, at least 3,269 people in the state have tested positive for the flu, however it is believed this is very much under-reported;
  • As the number of confirmed cases of influenza grows, it is important to increase employee health and safety protocols for each place of employment, including disinfection of all surfaces and continually washing hands;
  • Health officials have recommended a full seven days to stop the cycle of spreading influenza;
  • Some hospitals are starting to initiate “flu protocols”. At Loma Linda Medical Center in San Bernardino County, the medical staff has erected a triage tent outside the emergency room to handle the influx of flu patients. Some of you will remember similar protocols some years back for the H1N1;
  • Employers should review illness protocols with employees and start to address the need for additional help to cover for sick employees;
  • Start stocking up on required personal protective equipment as needed including gloves. If N95 respirators are used, please see us to assist you with meeting Cal OSHA requirements.
  • We can also assist you with flu and handwashing posters;
  • It’s not too late to get flu shots!

If you should have any questions, please contact us at 925-556-4404

For all clients with 250 or more employees or 20 or more employees in hazardous industries (this will be blogged today)- required in ALL states

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) promulgated new rules effective January 1, 2017, which requiredadditional reporting of injuries and illnesses by employers with 250 or more employees or employers with 20-249 employees in “hazardous industries.” These reports will be collected through an online portal and the reports will eventually be made publicly available on OSHA’s website.

The initial reports were originally due to be submitted to OSHA by July 1, 2017. However, that date came and went with no actual way to submit the reports and a note on the OSHA website said that implementation had been delayed.

Today, OSHA launched the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) which employers will use to electronically submit injury and illness data. OSHA also announced its intent to extend the date by which employers are required to submit their reports to December 1, 2017. 

The reporting process is entirely electronic and has three different options for data submission.

1.      Users will be able to manually enter data into a web form.

2.      Users will be able to upload a CSV file to process single or multiple establishments at the same time.

3.      Users of automated recordkeeping systems will have the ability to transmit data electronically via an API (application programming interface).

Employers should begin reviewing the ITA instructions and other materials available on OSHA’s website to ensure that they are prepared to properly submit the data by December 1, 2017. They should also ensure that they are adequately and accurately capturing the required data.

In addition to the reporting requirements, the new OSHA rules also impacted employer policies effective January 1, 2017.  If not yet done, employers should review their policies to ensure that they do not have potential chilling effects on employee reporting of accidents and injuries, and inform employees of their right to report workplace injuries and illnesses.

If you should have any questions, please contact your HR Specialist at 925-556-4404.

Workplace Violence/Active Shooter Webinar

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On Wednesday Oct 25, 2017 @ 1:00 PM, we will be offering a 45 minute webinar titled “Workplace Violence/Active Shooter Training”.

How timely is this?

As fas as I know, we are the only HR/Safety/Insurance company offering such a class for employers! This webinar spans across all employment types and I am sure if we get the word out, we will have some great attendance. Some of the areas we will be discussing include:

  • Definitions
  • OSHA-involvement
  • OSHA required Injury & Illness Prevention Program and an Emergency Action Plan and documented employee training
  • Workers’ Compensation due to injuries related to workplace violence
  • Legal ramifications including heavy fines and possible criminal involvement on the part of owners and managers
  • Hostage situations
  • Robberies/Burglaries and how are they different
  • Employee Assistance Plans
  • Business recovery – Can you business  actually survive an “active shooter situation”? and
  • And some mind blowing statistics!
 
Please let me know if you should have any questions.