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HR Hot Topic – Newsom Signs Bill Expanding Cal/OSHA’s Enforcement Power

October 6, 2021 | Written by Admin

On Sept. 27, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law SB 606, which expands enforcement power for the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (which is known as Cal/OSHA). We’ve gathered articles on the news from SHRM Online and other outlets.

Substantial Changes

The new law, which is expected to take effect on Jan. 1, 2022, creates a rebuttable presumption that employers with multiple worksites have made enterprise-wide workplace safety violations in certain circumstances. An employer with a violation at one worksite may be presumed to have similar violations at other worksites. The law also will allow Cal/OSHA to issue a citation to an “egregious” employer for each willful violation. SB 606 will “require each instance of an employee exposed to that violation to be considered a separate violation for purposes of the issuance of fines and penalties,” according to the bill. The bill will also provide Cal/OSHA with additional subpoena power during investigations.

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