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California’s heat illness prevention standard applies to all outdoor workers, including those in construction.

As Temps Rise, Protect Your Outdoor Workers from Heat Illness

As the first major heat wave of the season sends temperatures across California into the 100s, Cal/OSHA reminds all employers to review high temperature advisories and warnings in effect throughout the week — and to protect their outdoor workers from heat illness while also taking steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Heat illness occurs […]

May 28 2020 - Heat Illness - Jessica Mulholland Read More »

Cal/OSHA has provided guidance on COVID-19-related employee training including cough and sneeze etiquette.

Cal/OSHA Expands Employer Injury and Illness Prevention Program Requirements

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, commonly known as Cal/OSHA, continues to modify rules and guidance for businesses operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. General industry and several industry-specific rules and guidelines have been modified. Recently, Cal/OSHA modified its rules and guidance on all employers’ obligation to establish and implement an Injury and Illness […]

May 27 2020 - COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Workplace Safety - Matthew J. Roberts, Esq. Read More »

Long Beach employers should review their existing policies and make necessary changes for the new COVID-19-related supplemental paid sick leave ordinance effective now.

Long Beach Joins Localities With COVID-19 Supplemental Sick Leave

On May 19, 2020, Long Beach became the sixth California locality to adopt a supplemental paid sick leave ordinance related to COVID-19. Passed as an urgency measure, the ordinance went into effect immediately. Covered Employers/Employees This Long Beach ordinance applies to employers with 500 or more employees nationally who are not required, in whole or […]

May 26 2020 - COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Local Ordinances - Bianca Saad Read More »

RSVP for this online, public convening on workplace mental health on May 27, 2020.

Convening on Workplace Mental Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. And as COVID-19 threatens our physical health and economic stability, this month serves as an excellent reminder to prioritize our mental health. Remember, mental illness is one of the top causes of worker disability in the U.S., impacting business productivity more than physical disorders. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many people’s […]

May 22 2020 - Health and Safety - Katie Culliton Read More »

Employers have the discretion to allow employees to make certain mid-year changes.

Cafeteria Plans, FSAs, Dependent Care Assistance Programs More Flexible Due to COVID-19

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released new guidance, Notice 2020-29, providing increased flexibility for individuals participating in section 125 cafeteria plans, health flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) and dependent care assistance programs (DCAPs) to make mid-year changes. Typically, participants are rarely permitted to make mid-year changes, but the guidance provides certain flexibility, including election changes and […]

May 21 2020 - Benefits, COVID-19 (Coronavirus) - Bianca Saad Read More »