Safety Bills to Governor’s Desk

Three safety-related bills have been passed by the California Legislature and are awaiting action by Governor Gavin Newsom. They include SB 553 on workplace violence, SB 686 on household domestic service and AB 521 women’s toilet facilities on construction sites. SB 553 (Senator Dave Cortese, D-Campbell) would require California employers to develop and implement workplace … Read More »

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Safety-Related Bills Close to Passage

The two major bills related to occupational safety and health for this legislative season have passed crucial tests in the Assembly Appropriations Committee and are before the full chamber. If they pass the Assembly, as expected, they will go back to the Senate for reconciliation and final approval, then on to the governor’s desk. Perhaps … Read More »

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Unions Attempt Legislative End Run Around Standards Board

SB 553, which resembles Cal/OSHA’s efforts to create a general industry workplace violence prevention standard, and could supplant it, has passed the state Senate and is now in the Assembly. The bill by Senator Dave Cortese (D-Campbell) has a long list of supporters and an even longer list of opponents. The bill’s substance is copied … Read More »

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Studying the Effects of Heat

Cal/OSHA will convene a legislatively mandated advisory committee to start studying the effects of heat on California’s work environment. AB 1643, signed into law last year, establishes the committee to look at the effects of heat on employees, businesses, and the economy.  It is to report back to the Labor and Workforce Development Agency. The … Read More »

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Labor Law Enforcement May Include Prosecutors

A bill allowing local city and district attorneys to pursue civil and criminal prosecutions against employers for labor law violations is being drastically narrowed in scope. Assemblyman Brian Maienschein (D-San Diego) announced during AB 594’s first hearing that he is eliminating workers’ compensation and workplace safety and health (Cal/OSHA) from the bill’s scope. “We will … Read More »

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2023 OSH Legislation

There is both new and old on the California occupational safety and health legislation front, with several bills kicking off the legislative season. For new legislation, AB 521 by Assemblyman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-San Ramon) wades into the issue of bathroom equity. “Women are underrepresented in the trades and face numerous barriers on job sites,” the … Read More »

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Governor Signs Heat Bill

California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed AB 1643, which requires the state Labor and Workforce Development Agency to study the effects of extreme heat on the economy and workforce. The bill by Assemblyman Robert Rivas (D-Salinas) requires LWDA to convene quarterly advisory committees to study the potential effects of heat at least 105ºF on employees, … Read More »

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