CALIFORNIA LAW ON LOG 300
As of the start of 2016, the California Occupation Health & Safety Standards Board has not approved of the changes to the recordkeeping guidelines. This process can take up to six months, essentially pushing the compliance date to January 1, 2017.
In summary, auto dealers in California are currently exempt from Log 300 requirements. See https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/DoshReg/FinalEmpRec.html. Cal/OSHA has inspected dealers for regulatory violations and has not requested to see the Log 300 as they are exempt per state regulations.
RECORDABLE: Federal-OSHA requires auto dealers to keep a record of occupational injuries and illnesses using Log of Work-Related Injuries & Illnesses (OSHA Form 300). We discussed this in great detail in our October 2014 Newsletter. We note that first-aid is not recordable on OSHA Log 300. The federal legal definition of first-aid is as follows:
What’s Up 40%?
You think it’s your energy bills, wish it was your sales, but actually, it is your workers’ compensation insurance! Last year workers’ compensation premiums increased about 40% and this year it is expected to be up 30%. California amended its workers’ compensation law in 1995 to provide a more competitive field for insurance companies, thereby reducing the premiums for employers. In 1995, the law that required employers to pay workers’ compensation insurance was modified to an open rating system from a rate fixed by the state. The 1995 regulations sparked a price war amongst insurance companies much to the delight of employers. However, the premiums that went down about 50% in the year following the deregulation are up about 8% from the pre-deregulation days.
Insurance companies have reportedly increased the premiums to cover up their losses. Last year they lost about $3 billion in California alone. To make matters worse, some of them went belly-up or left the business in the state to minimize their exposure. For example, the second largest writer of workers’ compensation insurance in California, Fremont General Corp., is now under voluntary state supervision for its poor financial condition. Another reason was that when the stock market headed south, many insurance companies that had their fortunes tied up in the market got pummeled.