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New Rules: All Employers Must Report Work-Related Incidents to OSHA, Many Required to Keep More Records

Outlined in this blog are new OSHA 300 reporting and recording requirements every employer needs to know. All employers have new requirements regarding keeping records and reporting work-related incidents. Employers with 11 or more employees have additional new responsibilities. Reporting Requirements All employers must report the following work-related incidents to the Occupational Safety and...

Fire Insurance is Imperative in a Changing Climate

Wildfires devastated California last year, causing fatalities and injuries, destroying nearly 10,000 structures, and displacing hundreds of thousands of people. As the number of wildfires increasing in California, obtaining fire insurance becomes more difficult for homeowners. Insurance companies aren’t renewing policies for customers in high risk areas. Those that can find...

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...

5 Winter Insurance Tips to Reduce Risk

VBI Blog Andrea Romo                    Winter is coming, and that means more risk for homeowners. If you live in Northern California or the Sierra Nevada, you already know that snow, water, ice, even the cold weather alone can cause property damage. What you may not know is that some of that damage...

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...

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...