According to the SmithAmundsen Labor and Employment Law Blog:
In remarks to the Connecticut State Bar Association’s annual meeting on June 11th, the NLRB identified that the next big enforcement focus will be on employers’ “at-will” statements within employee handbooks
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has recently brought two cases against large employers whose employee handbook includes wording that restricts or eliminates an employee’s right to change their “at-will” employment status. The NLRB is specifically targeting statements that require high-ranking executive signatures to change at-will employment status or statements indicating that at-will status cannot be changed at all.
Two weeks ago when the temperatures in the Central Valley soared past 90 degrees, Cal OSHA set a new precedent performing surprise inspections on Saturday and Sunday. They passed out more than 100 violations for heat illness violations and confined space violations to local employers.
Download Heat Illness Prevention Program Materials
Are you prepared for a surprise inspection?
Download the Safety Training and Communication documents to build a Heat Illness Prevention Safety & Training Program:
Free Heat Illness Prevention Seminars
The State Fund and Cal/OSHA are teaming up to provide free Heat Safety Prevention Seminars.
Learn how Cal/OSHA interprets and enforces the Heat Illness Prevention Standard as it applies to:
- Access to water
- Access to shade
- Written procedures
- Employee/supervisor training
- High heat procedures
- Emergency plan & first aid
CE Credits: Cal/OSHA and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) will provide two hours of continuing education credit to attendees, which may be applied towards the Farm Labor Contractor license training requirements.
Difference in Conditions (DIC) policies, usually purchased to obtain Earthquake and Flood coverage, are almost always non-standard policy forms and no two forms the same. The non-standard nature means there are potential coverage problems that you need to watch for.
1. Most DIC policy do not contain coinsurance clauses, but some do contain a requirement that the insured disclose the total insurable values (TIV) of all properties. This is because the premium is determined on TIV. If you have not disclosed the total values of all properties, you could find yourself with an unexpected problem when you have a claim.
For businesses, the risk of a fire is a considerable one that can have serious ramifications. Many businesses that suffer a major fire either do not reopen or fail within three years of the fire. Download the following documents to use as a base to build your OSHA Compliant Portable Fire Extinguisher Safety program.
Download the Word document: Portable Fire Extinguisher Safety & Training Program Template
Download the PowerPoint presentation: Portable Fire Extinguisher Program Presentation.
And download the bonus document: Vehicle Fire Prevention.
Request these documents in Spanish.
When are employees covered by Workers’ Compensation?
In California, Workers’ Compensation coverage generally begins the first minute an employee is on the job and continues any time they are officially on the job performing a service for the company as an employee or official volunteer. Workers’ Compensation does not provide coverage for injuries that occur during the normal commute to or from work; that occur during an unpaid mealtime; that result from recreational activities; that result from substance abuse or intoxication; or that result from starting a physical fight or engaging in horseplay.
Reprinted courtesy of Alfred (Mike) B. Fowler, ERISA and employment attorney for Kutack Rock LLP. www.abferisa.com. Contact Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will also be discussing all of these topics in our free Health Care Reform in 2012 Webinar. Space is limited so register now.
Ever since the Affordable Care Act (HCR) became law, the HCR W-2 reporting rules have confused even the best and the brightest. At one point, there even was a rumor that employer-sponsored health care coverage would now be taxable (and it is not). The IRS Notice 2011-28 provides us with more guidance and interim relief.
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The economy is driving employees to steal. No employer wants to believe that their trusted employees would steal from them, but the unpleasant reality is that employee theft is all too common. The $25,000 limit (or often less) that is afforded by many package policies as a coverage enhancement is simply inadequate. We have seen several large claims recently including:
How do you know if you have an independent contractor or a part time employee?
We received some questions on our post about stricter consequences for California employers who misclassify employees as independent contractors, and thought it would be a good idea to discuss the criteria for correctly classifying an independent contractor.