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California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) is the most aggressive and enforcement-heavy approved State OSH Program in the nation, and as a result, California employers face a host of requirements that other employers around the country do not. Given that Governor Newsome signed a slew of new bills – including SB 553 Workplace Violence Prevention – most employers stand to be impacted by at least one new standard. In addition, California continues to experience regular changes in the employment law landscape through new legislation and decisions from the California courts. Accordingly, employers should do their due diligence to understand and adhere to their new compliance obligations.

 

Conn Maciel Carey LLP’s complimentary 2024 Cal/OSHA Webinar Series, which includes at least quarterly programs put on by the Cal/OSHA attorneys in the firm’s national OSHA Practice Group, is designed to give employers insight into what you can expect in the coming year from the latest legislative and rulemaking developments at Cal/OSHA.


To register for an individual webinar in the series, click on the link in the program description below, or to register for the entire 2024 series, click here to send us an email request, and we will get you registered.  Please note, registration for the In-Person Cal/OSHA and California Employment Law Summit is separate from the webinar series. See below for more details.

 

If you missed any of our programs from the past eight years of our annual OSHA Webinar Series, here is a link to a library of webinar recordings.  If your organization or association would benefit from an exclusive program presented by our team on any of the subjects in this year’s webinar series or any other important Cal/OSHA-related topic, please do not hesitate to contact us.

California’s Workplace Violence Prevention Law

Thursday, November 9, 2023

Preparing for California's Indoor Heat Regulation

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Tips for Responding to Workplace Violence

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Safety and Employment Law Compliance in ESG Programs

(RESCHEDULED) Tuesday, May 28, 2024

 

Process Safety Management and CalARP

Monday, August 5, 2024

CMC’s 2nd Annual Cal/OSHA and Employment Law Summit

Tuesday, October 8, and Thursday, October 10, 2024

2024 Cal/OSHA Enforcement and Regulatory Update

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Top Cal/OSHA Violations

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Mid-Year Review of Cal/OSHA Developments

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

California's Lead Standards Get An Update

Thursday, June 6, 2024

Preparing for and Managing Cal/OSHA Inspections

Wednesday, August 21, 2024

The Intersection of AI and Employment and OSHA Law

Wednesday, November 13, 2024

Tuesday, December 12, 2023, 9:30 am PT / 12:30 pm ET

2024 Cal/OSHA Enforcement and Regulatory Update

Presented by the Cal/OSHA Team in Conn Maciel Carey’s national OSHA Practice Group


Cal/OSHA and the California legislature have focused significant efforts on extending workplace mandates, in particular workplace violence prevention and indoor heat illness prevention. This annual update will cover the workplace safety mandates that have been recently adopted or are under consideration.


Participants in this webinar will learn about:


  • Senate Bill 553, which requires employers in general industry to implement effective workplace violence prevention plans by July 1, 2024

  • The status of Cal/OSHA’s rulemaking on indoor heat illness prevention, expected to be up for a vote before the Cal/OSH Standards Board in early 2024

  • Other regulatory developments from the Cal/OSH Standards Board, such as the status of the rulemaking for a general infectious disease standard, lead, silica and more

  • An overview of federal OSHA programs that may impact Cal/OSHA, including walking working surfaces, the warehouse emphasis program, and union walkaround inspection rights rulemaking

  • Other updates following the Cal/OSHA Advisory Committee’s November 30, 2023 meeting


Click here to register for this webinar.


The request for 1.00 General California Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credit is pending approval.

Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at 9:30 am PT / 12:30 pm ET

Preparing for California's Indoor Heat Regulation

Presented by Rachel L. Conn, Megan S. Shaked, and Andrea O. Chavez


Although temperatures have cooled down in California, the status of California’s Indoor Heat Illness Prevention Regulation has heated up. California’s Heat Illness Prevention in Outdoor Places (8 CCR 3395) has been in place since 2005. However, in one of the first of its kind standards in the country, California is preparing to adopt a similar Indoor Heat Illness Prevention Regulation. While various revisions to the draft standard have been circulating for the past year, the current draft is likely in its final form. It is also expected that the Cal/OSHA Standards Board will vote on the regulation at its March 2024 meeting and the final regulation will be effective this summer. Since both outdoor and indoor heat illness hazards have been covered by a special emphasis program from Cal/OSHA for several years, the new Indoor Heat Illness Prevention Regulation is expected to continue to be a high enforcement area for Cal/OSHA. Accordingly, now is the time for California employers to familiarize themselves with the regulation and begin to prepare for compliance.


Participants in this webinar will learn about:


  • The requirements of the Indoor Heat Illness Prevention Regulation

  • Landmines awaiting employers as they move into compliance with the new regulation

  • Strategies for developing a compliant Indoor Heat Illness Prevention Plan

  • The intersection between the Indoor and Outdoor Heat Illness Prevention Standards and how to integrate both


Click here to register for this webinar.


The request for 1.00 General California Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credit is pending approval.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at 10 am PT / 1 pm ET

Top Cal/OSHA Violations

Presented by the Cal/OSHA Team in Conn Maciel Carey’s national OSHA Practice Group


While Cal/OSHA’s regulations must be at least as effective as federal OSHA regulations, Cal/OSHA can and certainly does have regulations unique to the Golden State. Employers looking to improve their workplace safety and health program and better manage the risks of agency enforcement can gain helpful insight by reviewing Cal/OSHA’s most frequently cited regulations.


Participants in this webinar will learn about:


  • Cal/OSHA’s most frequently cited regulations

  • An overview of industry-specific regulations cited most often

  • Regulations unique to Cal/OSHA and how that impacts agency action during inspections


Click here to register for this webinar.


The request for 1.00 General California Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credit is pending approval.

Wednesday, April 24, 2024, at 10 AM PST / 1 PM EST

Tips and Strategies for Preventing and Responding to Workplace Violence Incidents

Presented by Kara M. Maciel, Rachel L. Conn, and Daniel C. Deacon


Workplace violence has been a focus for both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) for several years, as it continues to be one of the leading causes of occupational injuries in the country every year.  While OSHA has no specific standard for workplace violence, the OSH Act's General Duty Clause requires employers to provide a workplace free from recognized serious hazards, and OSHA has instituted enforcement actions under its General Duty Clause after incidents of workplace violence. OSHA has also initiated a rulemaking to address workplace violence in specific industries.


California has taken the lead in implementing the first workplace violence rule in the country for general industry, requiring nearly all California employers (unless they fall under one of the limited exemptions) to establish, implement, and maintain an “effective” written workplace violence prevention plan, investigate every incident workplace violence (broadly defined), create and maintain violent incident logs, conduct annual employee and supervisor training, and abide by additional recordkeeping requirements. This general industry rule follows the Cal/OSHA regulation on Workplace Violence Prevention in Health Care.


The EEOC has also prioritized ways to effectively prevent and address workplace violence, particularly in the form of workplace harassment. And outside of OSHA and the EEOC, employers can also be held liable for workplace violence through other claims such as negligent hiring and supervision.


Participants in this webinar will learn about:


  • What constitutes workplace violence

  • EEOC and OSHA enforcement priorities related to workplace violence

  • Legal risks associated with workplace violence

  • Updates on federal OSHA workplace violence rulemaking

  • California’s New Workplace Violence law

  • Best practices for workplace violence prevention

  • Tips for responding to a workplace violence incident in your work environment


Click here to register for this webinar.


This program has been approved by SHRM for 1 hour of HR professional development credit.


It is currently under review for HRCI credits and California MCLE credits.

Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at 10 am PT / 1 pm ET

Cal/OSHA Mid-Year Update

Presented by the Cal/OSHA Team in Conn Maciel Carey’s national OSHA Practice Group


As we near the half-way mark through 2024, join us as we take stock of what has happened at Cal/OSHA in the first few months of the year. We’ll cover new developments and agency priorities for the remainder of 2024 and beyond.


Participants in this webinar will learn about:


  • Cal/OSHA rulemaking and enforcement goals as we move toward the second half of the year.

  • As employers come into compliance with SB 553 ahead of the July 1, 2024 deadline to implement an effective workplace violence prevention plan and comply with related workplace violence prevention requirements, how has Cal/OSHA weighed in on the new legislation and advanced its own rulemaking efforts on workplace violence for general industry

  • How can employers navigate requirements regarding heat illness prevention as an indoor heat illness rule comes to fruition

  • Other updates and predictions following the Cal/OSHA Advisory Committee’s March meeting


Click here to register for this webinar.


The request for 1.00 General California Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credit is pending approval.

(RESCHEDULED DATE) Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at 10 am PT / 1 pm ET

Workplace Safety and Employment Law Compliance in ESG Programs

Presented by Kara M. Maciel, Eric J. Conn, Rachel L. Conn,and Kimberly Richardson


Over the last decade, Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) has been an ever-evolving regulatory topic around the globe. Younger generations joining the workforce have been vocal about the importance of environmental and social responsibility in their place of employment, and as we continue to experience the effects of climate change, businesses have been feeling the pressure to prioritize ESG strategies and initiatives.


Successful ESG programs are vital for addressing common labor and employment legal issues such as employee engagement, mental health, whistleblower complaints, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (“DEI”) efforts to name a few. However, while invaluable, ESG programs do not come without risk, so companies are strongly advised to work with labor and employment counsel to identify existing issues and to audit or develop comprehensive policies to proactively address these issues.


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) also plays a critical role in the push for ESG preparedness.  OSHA’s Center for Safety and Health Sustainability (“CSHS”) introduced an OSH-Sustainability initiative to integrate environmental, social, and economic considerations to carve out new opportunities to advance worker safety and health. Under this broad umbrella, companies have been shifting their view towards sustainability as an imperative investment in their business growth strategy.


This program will explore the emerging world of ESG including why it should matter to your organization, how it affects the legal landscape, and how to address risks associated with formulating your own ESG program.


Participants in this webinar will learn:


  • The benefits of implementing ESG initiatives in your workplace

  • ESG compliance and reporting requirements for employers

  • The OSH-Sustainability Connection model

  • Key risks associated with ESG

  • Tips for boosting your company's ESG strategy

  • Tools for creating or auditing your company’s ESG policies and procedures


Click here to register for this webinar.


This program has been approved by SHRM for 1 hour of HR professional development credit.


It is currently under review for HRCI credits and California MCLE credits.

Thursday, June 6, 2024, at 10 am PT / 1 pm ET

California's Lead Standards Get An Update


Presented by Rachel L. Conn, Megan S. Shaked, and Anthony M. Casaletta


In February of 2024, the Cal/OSHA Standards Board passed an update to California’s lead regulations (General Industry and Construction) that drastically lowered the threshold for testing as well as the permissible exposure levels. Although there is a delay in effective date for the changes to January 1, 2025, now is the time for employers to understand the changes and how they might impact safety and health programs. 


In addition, industries that have not historically considered themselves covered by the regulation need to pay close attention to whether they may now be covered by the new requirements. This program will offer a deep dive into the background of the Cal/OSHA regulations, the new requirements, and tips and strategies for employers.


Participants in this webinar will learn about:


  • Background on lead regulations in California and under federal OSHA

  • The expansion of the Cal/OSHA regulation for lead in General Industry and Construction

  • Other significant changes in the regulations

  • What this change means for employers who have not been previously covered by the regulations

  • Practical considerations for compliance


Click here to register for this webinar.


The request for 1.00 General California Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credit is pending approval.

Monday, August 5, 2024, at 10 am PT / 12 pm ET

Presented by Eric J. Conn, Rachel L. Conn, Valerie Butera, Beeta B. Lashkari, and Kimberly Richardson


After years of stagnation, we’ve finally seen movement on updating process safety regulations during the Biden administration. But the revamped PSM standard and RMP rules have yet to see the light of day. We’ll discuss when we might expect final rules and how employers can prepare for the new burdens they will create.


Cal/OSHA’s PSM standard and CalARP’s RMP rule resemble the federal rules but present their own unique set of compliance challenges. We will compare and contrast the rules and talk about strategies for compliance.


Participants in this webinar will learn about:


  • The status of OSHA’s and EPA’s process safety rulemakings

  • The expected content of the new rules and how to prepare them

  • Other process safety related developments at OSHA and EPA under the Biden Administration

  • Cal/OSHA’s PSM standard and CalARP’s RMP rule and strategies for navigating the challenges they present


Click here to register for this webinar.


The request for 1.00 General California Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credit is pending approval.

Wednesday, August 21, 2024, at 10 am PT / 1 pm ET

Preparing for and Managing Cal/OSHA Inspections

Presented by the Cal/OSHA Team in Conn Maciel Carey’s national OSHA Practice Group


Cal/OSHA has emerged from the pandemic with new tools, resources, and energy for enforcement efforts. As the agency increases its inspections and implements more thorough inspection strategies, it is more important than ever for employers to be prepared for Cal/OSHA inspections.


This webinar provides employers with the knowledge and tools they need to prepare for and manage a successful Cal/OSHA inspection.


Participants in this webinar will learn about:


  • The tools Cal/OSHA uses in conducting inspections

  • Steps employers can take now to prepare in advance for a Cal/OSHA inspection

  • Employers’, employees’, and Cal/OSHA’s rights during OSHA inspections

  • Stages of Cal/OSHA inspections, with tips and strategies to manage each stage

  • Considerations for handling citations that may issue following an inspection


Click here to register for this webinar.


The request for 1.00 General California Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credit is pending approval.

Tuesday, October 8, and Thursday, October 10, 2024

CMC’s 2nd Annual Cal/OSHA and California Employment Law Summit (In-Person)

Conn Maciel Carey LLP's 2ndAnnual Cal/OSHA and California Employment Law Summit is an in-person program conducted by the California-based attorneys in CMC's national OSHA Workplace Safety and Labor Employment Practice Groups, to update California employers on important developments involving workplace safety and health and employment law issues in California.


Learn How to Navigate California Requirements:


California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) is the most aggressive and enforcement-heavy approved State OSH Program in the nation, and as a result, California employers face a host of requirements that other employers around the country do not. And with a packed rulemaking agenda on the horizon, most employers stand to be impacted by at least one new standard.


In addition, California continues to experience regular changes in the employment law landscape through new legislation and decisions from the California courts. California employers always have something new to learn as the legislative session comes to a close in the fall and we know with certainty which new laws will take effect in 2025.


Our Cal/OSHA and California Employment Law Summit will cover what employers can expect in the coming months from the latest legislative and rulemaking updates to changes in enforcement priorities, and best practices for compliance.


Here is the agenda from last year's Inaugural Cal/OSHA and California Employment Law Summit. 


More information about registration and other details to come! Check out the website for official updates.


The request for General California Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credit is pending approval.

Wednesday, November 13, 2024, at 10 am PT / 1 pm ET

Presented by Rachel L. Conn, Andrea O. Chavez, Ashley D. Mitchell, Darius Rohani-Shukla, and Samuel S. Rose


The latest phenomenon in artificial intelligence (“AI”), generative AI such as ChatGPT, has changed the world as we know it. While some fear AI will replace workers and others praise its efficiency and productivity, there is no doubt that AI could be the largest technological advancement since the invention of the computer.


Now, companies are starting to wrestle with how to handle the use of AI in the workplace. In fact, it is possible that your company is already using AI in ways that you might not have considered or be aware of. For Human Resources, generative AI can produce strong benefits including helping to create job descriptions, draft model interview questions, or assist managers in preparing performance evaluations. But with every benefit, there comes risk and limitations, including discrimination, confidentiality, and reliability concerns.


Participants in this webinar will learn about:


  • Protecting confidential and trade secret information

  • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (“EEOC’s”) Artificial Intelligence and Algorithmic Fairness Initiative

  • State and local laws regulating the use of AI

  • Best practices on the use of AI in the workplace


Click here to register for this webinar.


This program is currently under review for SHRM and HRCI credits.


The request for 1.00 General California Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credit is pending approval.

Thursday, December 5, 2024, at 10 am PT / 1 pm ET

Annual Cal/OSHA Enforcement and Regulatory Update: Are you Ready for 2025?

Presented by the Cal/OSHA Team in Conn Maciel Carey’s national OSHA Practice Group


The state of California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, better known as Cal/OSHA, is perhaps the most aggressive and enforcement-heavy approved state OSH Program in the nation.  California employers face a host of requirements that other employers around the country do not.  Likewise, the Cal/OSHA inspection and appeal process creates several unique landmines for California employers.


Join us for our annual review of all things Cal/OSHA.


Participants in this webinar will learn about:


  • New Cal/OSHA regulations

  • California legislation impacting workplace safety and health

  • Significant Cal/OSH Standards Board decision

  • And more


Click here to register for this webinar.


The request for 1.00 General California Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credit is pending approval.

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