What the Legislature and Jerry Brown Did While We Were Sleeping and How it Affects Nearly Every Employer in California!!

First off, this is not going to be good news to employers with 5 or more employees. Secondly please read this before continuing: https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/new-california-laws-change-sexual-37716/ . So basically, one offense and the claim becomes triable. In the past there had to be several reports in order for it to become triable and...

Do You Know About These Sexual Harassment Training Modifications?

There’s new legislation that affects every business with five or more employees. On September 30, 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 1343, legislation that modifies the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) sexual harassment training requirements as follows: By January 1, 2020, California employers with five or more employees (it...

OSHA Presents: The Top 10 Violations of 2018

OSHA revealed the agency’s Top 10 violations for 2018 at the National Safety Council Congress & Expo in Houston, Texas. Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented the agency’s list. While the list is largely familiar, there are a few surprises. The data covers violations from October...

Technology is Increasing Workplace Safety

“Technology” – from robots to artificial intelligence – is becoming an imperative for workplace safety. According to experts at the National Safety Council Congress and Expo (quoted in Business Insurance) automation that gives risky jobs to machines, artificial intelligence that can help manage safety concerns, sensors that can tell a worker...

Workers Compensation PEO Known as Barrett Business Services, Inc., (BBSI) Fined Millions for Fraudulent Work Comp Reports

Here’s a story I recently read concerning a PEO (Professional Employer Organization). The story does not have a happy ending for nearly everyone involved. A PEO known as Barrett Business Services, Inc., (BBSI) began ripping off the Work Comp system several years ago, using false financial filings to mislead the industry, regulators...

What is Senate Bill 189? How Does it Affect You?

If you’re an officer or Board member of a California corporation, you should be aware that the definition that determines who is eligible to waive Workers’ Compensation insurance has been changed. Originally, California Assembly Bill 2882 – which took effect June 2017 – applied to all Workers’ Compensation policies and narrowed...