Entries by Andrea Messina

Items subject to additional tariffs

Please find here a Request for Comments Concerning Proposed Modification of Action related to China and tariffs. Beginning on page 11, the document lists items subject to potential additional tariffs

Look in the Mirror for Climate Change

(OC Register) Until the first steam locomotives were invented in the early 19th Century, man could travel as far as he could walk or as far as his horse would take him. Life was dirty, smelly, difficult – and short. Life expectancy was short and human misery was assured. There was virtually no military and […]

OSHA Requires California Employers to Submit Form 300A Electronically

From CompWest OSHA is now requiring employers in state plans, including California, to file injury and illness reports electronically, using the federal agency’s Injury Tracking Application (ITA) online portal. Cal/OSHA recently confirmed that despite having not yet adopted its own state rule,California employers are advised to electronically provide form 300A data covering the calendar year 2017. The […]

Worker’s Compensation Rates Lowering for Furniture Industry 

The WCIRB has recommended a mid-term rate reduction for California employers effective July 1, 2018 for new and renewal policies. If your policy renewal is after 7-1-18, you will have to wait until your normal anniversary date to get the new rates. The following chart shows the PURE PREMIUM rates promulgated by the WCIRB that applies to most […]

Relearning the ABCs: California Supreme Court Adopts New Independent Contractor Test, LaborSphere

[In April],  in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court, 2018 WL 1999120 (Apr. 30, 2018) (Dynamex), the California Supreme Court upended the prevailing understanding of the independent contractor-employee distinction under California law. In a ruling that is certain to have wide-ranging repercussions for companies that rely on independent contractors, the Court declined to apply the multi-factor […]