The United Farm Workers’ legislation to change the way workers vote in union elections is portrayed as simply a “vote by mail” or “vote from home” reform of the current process in which union elections occur at the workers’ place of employment under the watchful eyes of independent state regulators.

In fact, AB 2183 would eviscerate the secret ballot process. It is not surprising that the union wants to suppress this fact in the public debate. But it is irresponsible for journalists and media outlets to continue to help them do so.

Dave Puglia

The Cal/OSHA Standards Board is looking to extend its COVID-19 regulation once again. Cal/OSHA's COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), which was first adopted November 2020, is set to expire after December 31, 2022.  The Cal/OSHA Standards Board has now published, and is expected to enact, a semi-permanent rule that would replace the ETS. It is scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2023.

A recent Fourth Circuit[i] case puts into stark perspective how important it is for employers to “begin as you mean to go on…” especially when it comes to enforcing company policies and procedures. Employers must remember that the protections and defenses afforded them under established policies and practices can be put at risk where regular deviations create new ‘usual and customary’ practices.

Teresa McQueen

California law requires employers regularly employing 50 or more persons (or regularly receiving the services of 50 or more persons providing services pursuant to a contract) to provide prevention of abusive conduct as a component of its anti-harassment training and education requirements targeted at all employees.

Teresa McQueen


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