Penalties Hiked for OSHA Violations in California

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New penalties for workplace safety infractions in California took effect on Sept. 14, nearly doubling the maximum fines that Cal/OSHA can levy on employers who are cited. California was required to increase its penalties in response to penalty hikes implemented by Fed-OSHA last year. The new penalties, which apply to all citations issued on or after Sept. 14, are as follows: • General and regulatory violations, including posting and recordkeeping violations: Maximum penalty has increased to $12,471, from $7,000. • Willful and repeat violations: Maximum penalty has risen to $124,709, from $70,000. • Willful and repeat violations: Minimum penalty has…
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DOL Withdraws Guidance on Independent Contractors

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The Trump administration has withdrawn guidance issued by the Department of Labor under President Obama that had tightened restrictions on joint employment and independent contractors. The move may give only the semblance of respite though, because the enabling regulations are still in place and so is established case law on the subject. The move only affects guidance that the DOL had issued to clarify regulations that were also codified during the last administration. In other words, for now the regulations remain in place and if the administration wants to tackle those, it would have to start from scratch in the…
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