Marijuana is still a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law, and the passage of Prop 64 by California voters will not change that. Nevertheless, the legalization of cannabis for recreational purposes is likely to remove some of the stigma around weed in general, which may make doctors more open to its use in conditions that aren't currently on the list.
Working with dairy cows may not be thought of as dangerous to those outside the dairy industry. However, a recent accident at a dairy farm in Ontario may change that. A California man was killed and an OSHA investigation has been started.
As an employer, it's imperative to provide employees with a safe working environment. Failure to do so can have a multitude of adverse consequences, including decreased productivity, increased insurance premiums, steep work comp costs and, of course, potential fines from the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA).
Employers must always be diligent when it comes to employee safety. This means making certain that the necessary policies/procedures are in place, conducting regular inspections and providing the necessary safety equipment. Any failure to take these steps can have severe and lasting consequences, including fines, increased workers' compensation insurance premiums and possibly an employee serious and willful misconduct lawsuit.
The matchup between team owners and former professional athletes over reform of the workers' compensation system here in California now sits at 1-0 after an important committee vote held in Sacramento earlier this week.
In workers' compensation defense news, lawmakers in the state of Michigan are currently considering a bill that would extend much-needed benefits to those firefighters who develop a potentially deadly disease that many believe can be traced to the inherently dangerous nature of their profession.
Last month, Assemblyman Henry Perea (D-Fresno) unveiled legislation designed to amend the state labor code such that the legal loophole allowing professional athletes from out-of-state organizations to seek work comp benefits here in California would be effectively closed.
Last week, our blog discussed how the Workers' Comp Fraud Unit of the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office declared that it was ramping up its efforts to prosecute both uninsured employers and business owners who fail to abide by the state's employment and work comp laws.
In workers' compensation defense news, the governing committee of the Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California -- the organization that advises the state's Insurance Commissioner on workers' compensation base rates -- convened for a meeting in San Francisco yesterday to discuss a possible rate change.
Over the last year, multiple agencies here in the state of California -- including the Department of Industrial Relations, the Workers' Compensation Insurance Fraud Unit and District Attorneys in several counties -- have joined forces as part of a concerted effort to crack down on the "underground economy," meaning both uninsured employers, and those employers who abuse state employment and work comp laws.