Category: California HR

Many call California the nation’s hot bed for employment laws and regulations. There are many HR considerations that only apply to California employers. Check out these resources to develop a strategically focused HR plan while also staying abreast of critical compliance challenges under California and federal law.

New California Regs Address Violence in the Healthcare Industry

California healthcare employers will soon have a new regulation to comply with. On December 8, 2016, the state’s Office of Administrative Law approved new Section 3342 of the General Industry Safety Orders, Workplace Violence Prevention in Health Care. The standard takes effect on April 1, 2017.

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Is California Employer Liable for Motorist’s Carpooling Injury?

The California Court of Appeal recently considered whether an employer may be held liable for a third party’s injuries resulting from an auto accident caused by an employee who was carpooling with his supervisor and coworkers from the jobsite after the end of their shift.

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Provider Fraud, Treatment Delays Targeted in New California Workers’ Comp Laws

In California, a worker can seek treatment for a work-related illness or injury that’s expected to be covered under the employer’s workers’ compensation policy. To be paid for services performed for claims that aren’t yet finalized, the healthcare provider can file a lien (a claim for payment) against the employee’s workers’ compensation benefits claim. Unfortunately, […]

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‘Killer’ Statement Fatal to California Investigator’s Career

by Elizabeth J. Boca, Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. On September 8, 2016, the California Court of Appeal for the Fifth Appellate Circuit addressed the issue of whether an employee’s single statement, claimed to be made in jest, constituted good cause for termination of his employment.

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California’s Top 5 Wage and Hour Risks

The new federal overtime rules, the misclassification of employees, and recordkeeping are among the top five wage and hour risks employers in California face, according to California attorney Marc Jacuzzi of the law firm Simpson, Garrity, Innes & Jacuzzi, PC.

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Parental Leave Bill Is Vetoed

California’s governor vetoed a bill September 30 that would have granted 6 weeks of “parental leave” to some employees in the state. Governor Jerry Brown (D) said in a letter to lawmakers that he was particularly concerned about the impact the law would have on small businesses.

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What’s New at Cal/OSHA

The federal Occupational Safety and Health’s (OSHA) reports on deficiencies in state-run OSHA programs were published in September 2010. Cal/OSHA has been working steadily ever since to address federal OSHA’s criticisms—including a criticism that Cal/OSHA had too narrowly drawn the criteria for “repeat” citations and criticisms of Cal/OSHA’s appeals process.

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California Adopts Silica Rule, Despite Construction Objections

On March 25, 2016, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) finalized its new crystalline silica rule. Despite a court challenge, and over the objections of Cal/OSHA’s construction industry, the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) has adopted federal OSHA’s silica rules.

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California DIR Receives $1.8M Federal Grant

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded a $1.8 million ApprenticeshipUSA grant to the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) to develop and expand apprenticeship programs in California.

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