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IRS Reminds Eligible Employees to Plan Now for Health FSAs in 2019

The Internal Revenue Service is reminding eligible employees that now is the time to begin planning to take full advantage of their employer’s health flexible spending arrangement (FSA) during 2019. FSAs allow employees to use tax-free dollars to pay medical expenses not covered by other health plans. Eligible employees need to decide how much to […]

Nov 19 2018 - Benefits - HRWatchdog Read More »

Wildfire Reminders: Employers Have Obligations, Must Take Precautions to Protect Employees

With a new series of wildfires flaring up this month, the California Chamber of Commerce presents below responses to questions often received from the employer community about how to help employees and a recent Cal/OSHA advisory on worker safety. The California Employment Development Department (EDD) announced Wednesday that the Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits […]

Nov 15 2018 - Labor Relations, Workers' Compensation, Workplace Safety - HRWatchdog Read More »

Federal DOT Preempts Meal, Rest Breaks Laws for Hazardous Materials Drivers

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) recently issued a Notice of Administrative Determination of Preemption finding, stating that the Federal Hazardous Material Transportation Law and the Hazardous Materials Regulations preempt California meal and rest break laws for all hazardous materials motor vehicle drivers. As California employers know, employees in […]

Nov 13 2018 - Meal and Rest Break - Erika Pickles Read More »

Emergency Regulations for Workplace Injuries Reporting Approved

The Office of Administrative Law (OAL) has approved Cal/OSHA’s emergency regulations, which will require certain California employers to submit their injury and illness log (Form 300A) information to a federal OSHA database annually. This is in compliance with federal OSHA requirements. While Cal/OSHA opted to pursue emergency regulations this month, federal OSHA announced this past April […]

Nov 9 2018 - Health and Safety, Reporting Requirements, Workplace Safety - HRWatchdog Read More »

Another Successful CalChamber HR Symposium!

CalChamber hosted its second annual HR Symposium to a sold-out crowd in San Francisco, California on November 2, 2018. The day’s keynote speaker was Kevin Kish, the Director of the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). Kish provided valuable insight into the DFEH’s role in regulating and enforcing the state laws that protect Californians […]

Nov 7 2018 - Labor Relations - Vannessa Maravilla Read More »