In 2015 a number of laws and regulations related to safety and Workers’ Compensation went into affect. Some key changes the affected California’s employers, employees and injured workers are listed below.
Key workers’ compensation legislation
Rest or Recovery Periods requires an employer to pay an employee for hours worked during rest or recovery periods that are required by state law.
Amends the California Fair Housing and Employment Act (FEHA) and makes it a violation for an employer or other entity to discriminate against undocumented workers with an issued driver’s license.
Proceedings: Expedited Hearings requires cases with disputed issues involving employees of employers without legally mandated workers’ compensation insurance, to be scheduled for an expedited hearing under the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board’s priority conference calendar.
Client Liability requires employers to share liability for labor violations committed by labor contractors, such as the failure to provide correct wages and the failure of a labor contractor to obtain workers’ compensation coverage.
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