Take Three on COVID Revisions

Less than a week after it adopted controversial revisions to the COVID emergency standard, the Cal/OSHA Standards Board voted to pull them back. Now the plan is for the Division … Read More »

Listen to the Experts

The latest iteration of the readoption of the COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) from the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) is now being reviewed by the Office … Read More »

Budget Request For More Coronavirus Related Positions

The Department of Industrial Relations is providing detail about its request for an additional $8.7 million – paying for some 43 positions next fiscal year. It wants the money to pay for the added workload from three COVID-19 related bills. The legislation created a presumption for some cases of the virus and sought to boost … Read More »

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New, Emerging Strains of COVID-19

As COVID-19 cases continue to surge in California and throughout the nation (see related story on page 12), there’s a new cause for worry. New variants of the virus have emerged. They include the Great Britain variant, the South African variant, the Nigerian, and the Brazilian variants. While they don’t appear to be more virulent … Read More »

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Mind the Reporting Requirements Gap

January 1st brought with it a host of new laws from the California Legislature. One of these was Assembly Bill 685 (Reyes).  AB 685 requires certain notice and reporting requirements … Read More »

Conoravirus Death Claims

California’s workers’ compensation system has received reports for 59,559 cases alleging a workplace injury due to COVID-19. But nearly 30%, some 17,690, tested negative and were rejected.  The filings equal 11% of all workers’ comp claims so far this year but the number is only 8% after the rejected are removed. The concentration of COVID-19 … Read More »

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All I Want For Christmas

The 2020 Holiday Season will not be a particularly festive one for employers in California. The reasons are many and varied – most centered on the ongoing personal and economic … Read More »