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While emergency wildfire smoke regulations are in effect, Cal/OSHA is preparing permanent regulations that may affect more employers.

Cal/OSHA Renews Emergency Wildfire Smoke Regulations

This year’s dry, windy winter has government agencies predicting a quicker start to wildfire season. As you may recall, last summer, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) enacted emergency wildfire smoke regulations designed to protect outdoor employees as a response to the severe wildfire seasons of the past few years. The emergency […]

11 Feb 20 - Health and Safety, Workplace Safety - Matthew J. Roberts, Esq. - No CommentsRead More »

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California Wildfires: Remember Employers Must Protect Outdoor Workers From Wildfire Smoke

Right now, firefighters across California are battling multiple wildfires, which are destroying property and prompting the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people. Wildfires are not the only threat to people as smoke exposure is also hazardous, especially for people working outdoors. New major wind events (with wind gusts between 50 and 70 mph) are […]

30 Oct 19 - Health and Safety - James W. Ward - No CommentsRead More »

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Power Outage Today? What You Need to Know About Paying Employees

Today, more than one million California residents are expected to be without power due to the first phase of PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoff. Expected high winds combined with hot and dry conditions have prompted this shutoff, which is expected to leave customers, including businesses, without power until at least Thursday. If your business is […]

9 Oct 19 - Health and Safety - Mike McCluskey - No CommentsRead More »

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What Should California Employers Do About Flu Season?

Pumpkin spice lattes, sweaters, apples, cold weather, cozy nights inside — it’s that time of year again. Yes, flu season is beginning (did you think I meant autumn?).   Although you can catch the flu at any time during the year, influenza incidents often begin to increase in October, peaking between December and February. The […]

7 Oct 19 - Health and Safety - Katie Culliton - No CommentsRead More »

Improving Employees’ Mental Health Helps Businesses’ Bottom Line

As Mental Health Awareness Month comes to a close, employers should know that creating a supportive work environment promoting mental health resources and encouraging employees to take advantage of them leads to a happier, more productive workforce. Approximately 43.8 million Americans — one in five — experience mental illness in a given year. Because mental […]

30 May 19 - Health and Safety - Katie Culliton - No CommentsRead More »