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California Senate Bill 606 to Ramp Up Cal/OSHA Enforcement Authorities

Another hit to California employers, SB 606, takes effect on January 1st, 2022. The far-ranging law substantially increas­es Cal/OSHA’s enforcement powers. Safety professionals and others in the community are already pondering how bad it will be and what to do to prepare for it. These changes to the Labor Code are undoubtedly significant for employers …

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Cal/OSHA Modifies Quarantine Rules for Asymptomatic, Unvaccinated Workers

Without any fanfare, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) updated its FAQs for the COVID-19 emergency temporary standards (ETS) on Sept. 21, to incorporate new guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Importantly, the CDPH has relaxed its quarantine recommendations for unvaccinated, asymptomatic workers. The ETS, which governs most workplaces in …

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California Legislation Signed to Extend Exemptions from AB 5 for Certain Industries

Governor, Gavin Newsom has signed AB 1561 to extend the sunset dates on the exemptions granted to licensed manicurists and construction trucking subcontractors from the provisions of AB 5. AB 5 sets forth the test for whether a worker is an independent contractor or employee. The exemptions will now sunset on Jan. 1, 2025, providing each industry …

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EEOC and DOJ OK Mandatory Workplace Vaccine Policies

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has updated its COVID-19-related guidance about COVID-19 vaccination of employees, including mandatory vaccination policies, vaccination incentive programs, and confidentiality requirements. Click here for the EEOC FAQ. According to EEOC’s guidance, federal law does not prevent an employer from requiring all employees present in the workplace to be vaccinated for …

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Legal Alert: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 Pharmacy Reporting

Employers that sponsor group health plans of any size, including government employers, should keep their eye on the developing rules for this upcoming reporting that begins in December 2021. In December of 2020, a stimulus relief bill (the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021) was signed into law, which provided relief for health FSAs and DCAPs, among other …

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LA County Back to Requiring Masks Indoors

Share on linkedin LinkedIn The LA County Public Health Department issues an order requiring everyone, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks indoors starting Saturday night. In the face of steadily increasing COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations, Los Angeles County will again require people to wear masks in indoor settings beginning Saturday night, regardless of their …

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Heat Advisory In Effect

Cal/OSHA is reminding all employers to protect outdoor workers from heat illness as excessive heat watches have been issued throughout California. The temperature is forecast to exceed 100 degrees in many parts of the state this week. Employers in California must take steps to protect outdoor workers from heat illness by providing water, rest, shade …

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CalOSHA: Masks Off for the Vaxed

Share on linkedin LinkedIn The Cal/OSHA Standards Board has published the latest version of its COVID emergency standard, on which it will vote later this week. The big change: Fully vaccinated employees will not have to wear masks indoors if unvaccinated coworkers are among them. The move comes after an outcry from employers that the …

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Wellbeing Newsletter June 2021

Happy Summer!  Thank you for viewing our monthly Wellness newsletter.  We hope that these articles continue to help leaders across the country equip their employees with powerful, and holistic, wellbeing education.  Career Wellbeing The 12 New Leadership Books to Read This Summer – Organizational psychologist, Adam Grant, shares some of his picks for the most exciting …

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