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    New Agricultural Safety Rules for Night Work

    Cal/OSHA has implemented new lighting requirements for agricultural operations that are conducted after sunset. The Cal/OSH Standards Board adopted the regulation in February and after receiving clearance by the Office of Administrative Law, it took effect July 1. Night work is used to harvest crops when they are at their optimal quality and to prevent […]

    July 30, 2020

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    COVID-19 Workers’ Comp Claims May Not Be as High as Expected

    There is some good news coming out in terms of COVID-19 and workers’ compensation in California. Overall workers’ comp claims tied to the coronavirus may not be as numerous and as costly as originally thought. Gov. Gavin Newsom in early March announced that any worker who is reporting to a worksite in California and contracts […]

    July 30, 2020

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    How to Keep Your Safety Meetings Engaging and Fun

    Are your safety meetings a drag for your workers? Are they shifting in their seats as they sit through yet another presentation on slip and fall hazards? Safety meetings are a key part of a safety awareness program and are one of the best methods to motivate workers to take safety out of the classroom […]

    July 30, 2020

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    Protecting Your Company Data During Layoffs

    One of the most perilous times for a company in an employment relationship is when a worker is leaving. Departing employees have taken customer lists, vendor lists and sometimes company secrets on the way out the door, whether they were laid off, fired or quit on their own. This unethical, and sometimes illegal, time-honored tradition […]

    July 30, 2020

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    How to Handle Group Health Coverage for Laid-off, Furloughed Staff

    As the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, many employers have had to lay off or furlough staff due to a tremendous drop-off in business. Besides the loss of income they face, these workers will often also lose their employer-sponsored health insurance. With this in mind, many employers have been wondering if they can permit coverage to […]

    July 30, 2020

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    Tips for Power Tool Safety

    What would you do without power tools? Well, you’d probably take on fewer home-improvement projects — and probably have a lot more calluses on your hands. Thankfully, you don’t have to do without. But you do have to use tools safely, if you want to do good work and keep all of your fingers and […]

    July 21, 2020

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    What is water backup coverage and why is it important?

    Water damage can be disastrous to your home. Imagine discovering that your entire basement is filled with brown water and sewage from a backed-up water main or other pipe. It’s not only disgusting and potentially dangerous, it’s also expensive. On average, most water backup claims cost $5,000-$10,000 to repair. Water backup coverage is optional coverage […]

    July 8, 2020

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    How to Update your Home — Without Spending Thousands

    It doesn’t take a massive remodel, or a big budget, to make your house feel a little more like home to you. Inside or out, small improvements can make a significant difference — and whether you’re handy or not, you can handle most of them yourself. Don’t believe it? Just check out our list of […]

    June 8, 2020

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    7 Facts About Teachers That Might Surprise You

    “What really makes a teacher is love … for it is love that transforms the social duty of the educator into the higher consciousness of a mission.” Almost everyone has a story about a teacher who inspired them—the one who made learning fun, ignited a passion for a specific topic, or even pushed students hard […]

    May 4, 2020

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    IRS Allows HDHPs to Pay for COVID-19 Testing, Treatment Pre-Deductible

    The IRS has issued new emergency guidance that allows employers and insurers to waive the cost of coronavirus testing and treatment for workers who are enrolled in high-deductible health plans (HDHPs). Major health insurers report that employers have been asking if they can make the change to their high-deductible plans without breaching IRS regulations regarding […]

    April 9, 2020