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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...

Federal Law Protects Disabled Employees, Confuses Employers

In 2018, Federal law covering how employers manage their employees has grown complex and confusing. Navigating through the ever-changing legal parameters of managing an employee’s injury is, for many employers, into a difficult, time-consuming and costly. Here’s a local example reported in the Insurance Journal: a locally-owned Central California grocery is...

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...

California Landlords: Require Renters Insurance in Your Lease

The National Fire Protection Association estimates that 70% of fires in multifamily dwellings are the result of tenants’ negligence. Many landlords don’t know that a lease can require tenants to obtain and maintain renters insurance – and doing so benefits everyone involved. Most tenants assume that the landlord’s insurance policy covers renters’...