- Written by Susannah Ashton
The Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board has overhauled California Code of Regulations, Title 8, section 3395 (heat injury) including the creation of a “10 minute preventative cool-down rest period” for every two hours worked during high heat days. The changes go into effect May 1, 2015.
The newly revised section 3395 includes the following requirements:
Water: Must be
• Fresh, pure (potable), and suitably cool (lower than ambient temperature)
• Provided to employees free of charge
• Located as close as practicable to the work areas
- Written by Will Creger
For nearly 70 years, federal labor law has afforded states a choice about whether to put a right-to-work law on the book. If a state elects to be right-to-work, employees working for a unionized employer who do not support the union are not forced to pay union dues.
Since 1976, in a ruling called Machinists Local 697, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has held that employees in right-to-work states who are not union members cannot be forced to pay “grievance processing fees” to the union if they work in a unionized workplace. Last week, the NLRB asked for legal briefs on this issue signaling its intention to review the 1976 decision.