Archive for the ‘Workplace Safety’ Category

Read about taking employees’ temperatures and other employment information from the DFEH.

DFEH Issues Employment Information on COVID-19

As California is working to slow the spread of the COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) has created DFEH Employment Information on COVID-19 to provide employers with answers to some burning questions. The DFEH’s FAQs cover a range of questions, including: Whether employers may send employees […]

26 Mar 20 - COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Discrimination, Workplace Safety - Katie Culliton - No CommentsRead More »

Remember: Spring Forward on Sunday

On Sunday, March 8, be prepared to spring forward — and lose that precious hour between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. This annual practice affects employers in a couple of ways: Those with employees who work the graveyard shift should review their timekeeping practices, and the time change can cause employees to be sleepier on […]

5 Mar 20 - Compensation, Workplace Safety - Katie Culliton - No CommentsRead More »

Managing illnesses in the workplace implicates several medical and privacy concerns that an employer must balance.

Balancing Workplace Illnesses and Medical/Privacy Concerns

Our employee has recently returned from traveling in an area where there is an illness epidemic. What can we do to address the employee’s exposure and protect our workplace? Under the federal and California Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), an employer has an obligation to provide a safe and healthy work environment. However, managing […]

2 Mar 20 - COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Workplace Safety - Matthew J. Roberts, Esq. - No CommentsRead More »

If these amendments may affect you, then monitor Cal/OSHA’s rulemaking process.

Changes Brewing in California Safety/Health Rules Due to Conformity Mandate

I hear there is a new law revising what is considered a serious injury and the requirements for complaint investigations. What are the changes? As you know, California’s occupational safety and health program must be at least as effective as that of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Legislation signed into law last […]

28 Feb 20 - Workplace Safety - HRWatchdog - No CommentsRead More »

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 »