After receiving more than 40 public comments and holding a public meeting on its proposed wildfire smoke emergency regulation, California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (which is known as Cal/OSHA) has eased some of the proposed requirements.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/jJWMxhoupBA/cal-osha-relaxes-proposed-wildfire-smoke-emergency-regulation.aspx

The deadline has passed for bills to be approved by their California house of origin, and some key pieces of employment legislation may find their way to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk. Here’s a round-up of potential 2020 legislation worth watching.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/jxw_CXuRa0I/california-legislators-consider-bills-related-to-protected-time-off.aspx

Uber and Lyft have teamed up to combat proposed legislation in California that would make many of the state’s gig workers employees—rather than independent contractors—unless an exception is added to the bill.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/UbT1MmJYwlM/uber-lyft-leaders-speak-out-against-california-bill.aspx

DOJ’s focus on individual accountability is particularly important with respect to telemedicine. Telemedicine is a burgeoning field, with a projected market increase of 18% annually over the next six years, reaching $103 billion in 2024. In light of this recent surge in profitability, DOJ has begun paying extra attention to telemedicine, with at least one recent HHS-OIG report asserting that more than one-third of all telemedicine claims are improper.

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https://www.employeebenefitsblog.com/2019/06/dojs-enforcement-activity-against-individuals-acute-focus-on-telemedicine/

A worker who told his supervisor that he was in pain and going to the doctor didn’t do enough to inform the employer of his disability, so the worker’s bias claim couldn’t proceed, a California appeals court ruled.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/5NqOqmb2v0g/employer-unaware-of-worker-disability-defeats-bias-claim.aspx

A divided federal appellate court recently upheld a California regulation allowing union organizers to enter agricultural worksites—but the ruling could be reversed if the issue reaches the U.S. Supreme Court.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/umWof1eZKQU/california-law-union-access-to-agricultural-worksites-constitutional.aspx

Federal employment laws apply to an offshore drilling rig worker’s wage and hour claims for time he spent on a platform located more than three miles from the California coast, according to the U.S. Supreme Court.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/BAed91F-EWk/california-law-does-not-apply-to-wage-claims-on-oil-drilling-platform.aspx

California lawmakers have been busy this year, moving a number of employment law bills through the legislative process. A few failed to advance, but there are still a dozen major bills marching forward. Here are the bills employers should watch.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/R3Z517gVwCM/employment-law-bills-wind-through-the-california-legislature.aspx

The California Consumer Privacy Act—which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020—could impose substantial compliance burdens on and create significant class-action exposure for many California employers.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/pHwWRrmmWwE/what-should-employers-do-about-the-california-consumer-privacy-act.aspx

California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to expand the state’s paid-family-leave program, which offers partial wage replacement for employees who need to care for a new child or sick relative.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/xxQ8PVogSk4/california-governor-wants-more-paid-time-off.aspx