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CalChamber’s employment law experts analyze federal and California legislation, important court cases and agency actions that affect employment law.
Log 300, Cal/OSHA, OSHA

New Federal Log 300 Rules Don’t Yet Apply in California; Change Coming

In 2016, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (federal OSHA) issued a final rule relating to the tracking and reporting of workplace injuries. The final rule requires electronic submission of injury and illness data, also known as the Log 300, that employers currently report on paper forms. This rule also requires strict anti-retaliation protections for […]

May 15 2017 - Record Retention, Workplace Safety - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

IRS Announces 2018 Health Savings Account Limits

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are pre-tax accounts available to individuals covered under a high-deductible health plan. Eligible individuals can accumulate money, tax-free, in HSAs to pay for qualified medical expenses in the face of rising health insurance costs. The IRS announced the annual limits for HSA contributions for 2018. These limits are indexed for inflation and released […]

May 11 2017 - Benefits - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Workers’ Comp Ruling: Genetic Causes Including Inherited Predispositions May Be Apportioned

The 3rd District Court of Appeal recently decided a case that helps define how factors outside the workplace are to be treated when apportioning the employer’s share of liability for an injury at work. In City of Jackson v. Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board and Christopher Rice, the appeal court approved on April 26 a medical […]

May 10 2017 - Workers' Compensation - Heather Wallace Read More »

California Supreme Court Decides Important “One Day’s Rest in Seven” Questions

Under California law, employees are entitled to “one day’s rest in seven.” But what, exactly, does that mean? Today, the California Supreme Court answered three questions related to seventh day of work rules (Mendoza v. Nordstrom Inc., No. S224661 (May 8, 2017)). These questions are important for California employers and provide guidance for employers on […]

May 8 2017 - Time Off, Workplace Policies - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Celebrating Small Businesses

National Small Business Week is this week. Each year since 1963, the president has announced National Small Business Week to recognize the important contributions of small business owners and entrepreneurs in the United States. Small businesses employ more than half of all Americans in the private sector. California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) provides the following […]

May 4 2017 - General - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »