Labor

Cal/OSHA Approves Emergency Regulation on PPE Consumption, Issues FAQs

On June 8, Cal/OSHA submitted emergency regulations to the Office of Administrative Law to define “normal consumption.” As currently drafted, the emergency regulation defines “normal consumption” as the average consumption of specified personal protective equipment (PPE) type and size over a two- year period, with a 200% cap. This approach raises significant concerns, as CHA believes that […]

Register Now for CHA’s Members-Only Human Resources Conference

Beginning this year, a single Human Resources Conference replaces CHA’s former employee safety/workers’ compensation seminar and its labor and employment seminar, combining both into a one-and-a-half-day event. Register now for CHA’s only human resources-focused educational program of 2020, to be held March 23-24 in Pasadena.

State Releases Guidance on New Law for Determining Independent Contractors

Yesterday, the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency released a web page focused on Assembly Bill 5, the bill that creates a new test for determining independent contractor status. The site includes information for employees and employers, including frequently asked questions. Although many questions remain, this new resource may be helpful to hospital leaders as they review their independent contractor relationships.

CHA Secures Amendments to Nurse Staffing Ratio Bill, Continues Advocacy to Oppose

One of CHA’s highest legislative priorities this year has been Senate Bill (SB) 227 (Leyva, D-Chino), which would create duplicative and mandatory fines for hospitals if they do not meet required nurse staffing ratios. With help from member hospitals, our advocacy generated key amendments last week, including:

An exemption for hospitals that — in response to an unforeseeable and uncontrollable fluctuation — promptly make an effort to maintain staffing requirements
A 50% reduction in the fines (now $15,000 for the first violation and $30,000 subsequently)
A reduction in the length of time required to revert to a first violation (lowered from six years to three)