May 2024

Remember to Protect Outdoor Workers From Heat Illness

As June approaches and temperatures in some areas of California creep into the 90s and even surpass 100 degrees, employers must take appropriate steps to protect their outdoor workers from heat illness — by adhering to the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health’s (Cal/OSHA’s) heat illness prevention standard. As Cal/OSHA reminds employers, employers with outdoor workers […]

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USPS to pay $141K after firing worker for reporting an injury, judge rules

Dive Brief: The U.S. Postal Service violated the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 when it fired a probationary worker in retaliation for reporting a workplace injury, a district judge held May 10 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. The worker, a city carrier assistant, suffered a calf strain after

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Classify Part-Time, Full-Time Employment to Determine Benefits

Many employers offer benefits to their full-time employees that they don’t offer their part-time employees. But when employees work part-time some weeks and full-time other weeks, determining their status for benefits purposes can be tricky. Fortunately, we have some helpful advice. Define Your Terms Determining whether a variable-hour employee qualifies for benefits depends on how

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Clock Ticking on Workplace Violence Prevention Programs

By July 1, 2024, almost every employer in California will have to satisfy new requirements designed to effectively combat workplace violence. Written plans, training materials, and employer responsibilities must be in place by that date, so you need to consider them and map them out now. What’s Covered Under New Law The new law covers

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