Targeted Inspections Find 25% Uninsured

The state’s Labor Enforcement Task Force (LETF) uses high-tech reconnaissance and research to identify employers in several industries that are most likely operating in violation of California labor laws. It looks for payment of wages, workplace safety, and providing workers’ compensation coverage. In the latest fiscal year, the task force identified and inspected 578 businesses … Read More »

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Hiring Authority Restored at Industrial Relations

The California Department of Industrial Relations is back in charge of recruiting, testing, and hiring its staff. The State Personnel Board voted unanimously to restore the authority it revoked following controversies surrounding a flawed exam process for the Division of Occupational Safety and Health inspectors. DIR lost its ability to independently run civil service examinations … Read More »

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Budget Proposal Includes COVID-19 Related Positions For DIR

Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a proposed $227.2 billion state budget that includes emergency COVID-19 relief funding for businesses and unemployed Californians. The budget also calls for an extra $8.7 million to fund 43 new positions at the Department of Industrial Relations to implement chaptered legislation related to the pandemic and expanded worker protections. The $227.2 … Read More »

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Lawsuit Seeks to Overturn COVID Standard

Several California agricultural organizations have issued a major broadside against Cal/OSHA’s emergency temporary standard (ETS) about COVID. The lawsuit is seeking to nullify the ETS entirely or several at least … Read More »

Workers’ Comp 2021 Assessments Reach Record Levels

The Department of Industrial Relations has announced the 2021 assessment on employers.  The message is that it needs nearly $36 million more from California’s already beleaguered to fund its operations. The total assessment required to support these operations is now in excess of $1.1 billion. Employers are spared again what used to be a standard … Read More »

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Coronavirus Presumption Becomes Urgency Measure

The Legislature’s plan to codify and expand Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order creating a rebuttable presumption that COVID-19 cases are work-related, has passed the Legislature. It is heading to Governor Newsom’s desk.    SB 1159 by Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) cleared both houses in the final hours. The bill is an urgency measure and … Read More »

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Amazon’s COVID-19 Safety Practices Investigated

Court filings in an Amazon employee’s workplace safety lawsuit reveal that three agencies at the state and local level are actively investigating working conditions at the company’s San Francisco fulfillment center. The lawsuit alleges the company is failing to protect warehouse workers from COVID-19. Chiomi Brent, an order “picker” at the warehouse that supplies groceries … Read More »

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Cal/OSHA’s New High-Hazard List

There are slightly fewer industries on Cal/OSHA’s latest list of high-hazard industries, but it covers significantly more establishments and employees than the last year. Overall, the 40 industrial sectors named in the list cover 20% more establishments and 32% more employees. There is a list of establishment types at the end of this article. Cal/OSHA’s … Read More »

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