Wildfire Smoke Triggers Employer Safety Requirements

Dozens of wildfires are burning across the state. A heavy cloud of smoke is hanging over vast swaths of California. Brokers are advised to take this opportunity to remind clients when they are required to have personal protective equipment (PPE) available for workers to use if they want and other measures to protect workers most … Read More »

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General Contractor Negligent for Subcontractor’s Injury

The general contractor on a major rehabilitation project for the University of California system is liable for negligence after a subcontractor’s employee was injured. There was no joint liability with the worker’s direct employer because the general contractor retained control for the safety conditions on the job site, according to the First District Court of … Read More »

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Workers’ Comp Assessments Include Controversial Funds

The Department of Industrial Relations’ workers’ compensation assessments for the 2013-2014 fiscal year includes funding for the as yet to be implemented return-to-work program created by the SB 863  reforms. The program is to aid workers suffering disproportional earnings losses and it added $60 million to the assessment bill that insured and self-insured employers are … Read More »

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Standards Board Threatened by Governor

California Gov. Jerry Brown’s May budget revise includes a move that has long been rumored: the elimination of the nationally renowned and respected Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board, also known as the Cal-OSHA Standards Board. The move would eliminate about two Standards Board jobs and save the state only $324,000. Under the Governor’s proposal, … Read More »

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Judge Upholds $11.7 Million Jury Award

A Marin County judge refuses to order a new trial after finding that a jury’s award of $11.7 million to an elevator mechanic who suffered spinal cord injuries was not excessive. The case leaked out of the workers’ comp system when David Travis filed a third-party liability case against Bison Builders, general contractor on a … Read More »

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Furloughs At DWC To End Immediately

An Alameda Superior Court Judge this morning refused to order a stay of his earlier ruling that called for an end to furlough days for state workers in special fund agencies, such as the Division of Workers’ Compensation, Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, Cal-OSHA and other agencies in the Department of Industrial Relations. The governor’s office … Read More »

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