Cal/OSHA: To Mask or Not to Mask

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 … 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 »

Standards Board: More New COVID Rules ?

In another twist in the now surreal Cal/OSHA-COVID regulatory drama, the Standards Board has called a special meeting for June 9th to discuss potential new rules. The Board also released an updated agenda for its regular monthly meeting on June 17th, which include the possible readoption of the COVID-19 standard. Considering that the Board readopted … Read More »

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DWC Moves Controversial Med-Legal Fee Update

The Division of Workers’ Compensation is pushing through the latest draft of its proposed – and controversial – med-legal fee schedule (MLFS).  There are concerns it will increase costs more than projected and create new points of friction in the system. The flat fee proposal submitted to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) for an … Read More »

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Brokers Notify Clients Of New COVID-19 Emergency Safety Regulations

Agents and Brokers who have yet to do so should consider contacting their clients to let them know that Cal/OSHA adopted emergency regulations mandating new COVID-19 safety protections for employees. The regulation is already in effect. The emergency proposal faced strong opposition from the employer community. It was nevertheless approved by the California Occupational Safety … 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 vital sections. It also aims to prevent the Division of Occupational Safety and Health from enforcing the standard. It accuses the Standards Board of engaging … 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 »

Cal/OSHA Rushes Thru Emergency COVID Regs

The Cal/OSHA Standards Board has published an extensive, 21-page emergency regulation regarding the spread of COVID-19 in workplaces. It will drastically affect nearly every employer in California. But the proposal, which the board will vote on November 19th, goes beyond workplaces to include employer-provided housing and transportation. It has new ominous reporting requirements. Employers have … Read More »

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