Workplace Safety
Mar 9, 2016

FROM CALIFORNIA

Members of the California Assembly introduced the Injury Prevention Program Act (A.B. 2895), which would require all California employers to establish, implement, and maintain an effective written injury prevention program.  If passed, A.B. 2895 would also require California employers to identify a person responsible for implementing the program and to correct unsafe and unhealthy conditions in a timely manner based on the severity of the hazard.

...TO THE NEW YORK SENATE

A state senate committee in Albany this week revived legislation (S.B. 3929) that would guarantee the solvency of the state's occupational health and safety education fund (the Fund), which supports the enforcement of state workplace safety audits and initiatives.  Under the measure, annual increases to the Fund must meet or exceed (on a percentage basis) any statutory increase to the maximum weekly wage under the Workers' Compensation Act.

ON THAT RIBBON OF HIGHWAY...

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposed new training standards for certain individuals applying for their initial commercial driver's license.  These standards come in response to a Congressional mandate imposed under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act.  

... AND INSIDE THE BELTWAY

OSHA itself contemplated new guidance this week to improve firehouse safety, including a controversial suggestion to eliminate the iconic fireman's pole in fire stations around the country.  Keeping in mind the Department of Labor's 2015 comprehensive report detailing the annual cost to taxpayers for workplace accidents, we're watching the workplace safety measures being introduced this year with interest.

CYBER POLICING

A NEW AGENCY EMERGES

The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) took its first action this week against a financial services company after the Bureau found the company deceived consumers about the data security features of the company's online payment system.  The CFPB levied a six-figure civil monetary penalty, mandated employee sales training, and compelled the company to change its online assertions about data security.

REBOOT, PLEASE.

The CFPB is a new creation of the federal government to address 21st century commerce.  Under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the CFPB is now authorized to take action against institutions engaged in unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts that violate federal consumer financial laws.  The CFPB is also charged with data collection and education pertaining to online security.   We're monitoring the Bureau's activity.

MAKING OUR WAY AROUND THE COUNTRY

ILLINOIS

The Illinois General Assembly passed the state's Personal Information Protection Act (H.B. 1260) in Springfield this week.  The bill defines the circumstances and requirements for preparing notices to Illinois residents of a data security breach.  It also outlines a reporting obligation to the Illinois Attorney General for breaches involving the data of more than 250 persons and describes a method for employers to notify Illinoisans of a breach through newspaper publication.  The bill now goes to Governor Bruce Rauner for his signature.

INDIANA

The Indiana House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a measure this week that would raise the Hoosier State's statutory caps on damages available to plaintiffs alleging medical malpractice.   The House settled on a cap of $1.8 million, up from the current limit of $1.25 million.  S.B. 28 would be the most significant raise since the state legislature instituted the damages caps in 1999.  The bill now goes back to the State Senate for concurrence, before heading to Governor Mike Pence for consideration.

NAIC

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) published its annual report of market share among the nation's P&C carriers.  The NAIC is the U.S. standard-setting and regulatory support organization created and governed by the chief insurance regulators from the 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories.        

THE PRESIDENCY

This week, presidential candidates in the Democratic Party and GOP vied for delegates in primary elections on Semi-Super Saturday.  Yesterday, the primaries rolled on, this time with a Motown sound ‒ this way for updated 2016 election results.

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