Archive for the ‘Health and Safety’ Category

California Supreme Court Will Review Suitable Seating Questions

Yesterday, the California Supreme Court agreed to review the question of when an employer is required to provide “suitable seats” to an employee. Many employers, especially those in the retail industry, hope the Court will provide much needed guidance in this murky area. The majority of California Wage Orders require “suitable seats when the nature […]

18 Mar 14 - Health and Safety, Workplace Policies - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

CalChamber Calls for Withdrawal of Proposed Federal OSHA Rule

The California Chamber of Commerce is urging California businesses to join a growing coalition of associations and employers to oppose a rule proposed by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to obtain and release detailed information regarding specific workplace injuries and illnesses — including the company, location and specific data — to the […]

7 Mar 14 - Health and Safety, Reporting Requirements - HRWatchdog - No CommentsRead More »

CalChamber Questions Need for Changes to State’s Heat Illness Prevention Standard

California Chamber of Commerce Policy Advocate Marti Fisher joined Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Cindy Pollard on her weekly broadcast, Strictly Business, this week to discuss proposed changes to California’s heat illness prevention standard. Strictly Business “Any changes at all will make it harder for employers who have outdoor workers. At this […]

3 Mar 14 - Health and Safety, Heat Illness, Workplace Policies - HRWatchdog - No CommentsRead More »

No Employees? Attorney General Says Anti-Smoking Laws May Still Apply

If you are an owner-operated business — you own the business and run the day-to-day operations with no employees of your own — you should be aware that California’s laws prohibiting smoking in the workplace can still apply to you. California’s Attorney General issued an opinion on this issue in late 2013, in response to […]

5 Feb 14 - Health and Safety, Workplace Policies - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

U.S. Supreme Court Rules for Employer in Donning and Doffing Case

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous decision in Sandifer v. U.S. Steel Corp. that steelworkers who do their job wearing flame-retardant gear are not entitled to compensation for the time they spend putting on the gear before and after their shift. Section 203(o) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) allows parties to […]

28 Jan 14 - Compensation, Health and Safety - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »