California’s New Workplace Violence Law And Cal/OSHA’s Expected Enforcement
On September 30, 2023, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Senate Bill (SB) No. 553, which requires virtually every employer in California to adopt a comprehensive workplace violence prevention plan, starting on July 1, 2024.
This presentation will review SB 553 and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health’s (Cal/OSHA) proposed workplace violence prevention regulation. The presentation will address the new law’s very specific requirements to implement a written workplace violence prevention plan, to record every workplace violence incident in a violent incident log, to provide effective training to employees, and to maintain related records.
Robert C. Rodriguez, Associate, Ogletree Deakins
Robert is a practical employment attorney who represents businesses in a wide range of labor and employment matters, including wage and hour class actions, claims of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and wrongful termination, and workplace safety and health (OSHA) matters.
Robert is experienced in representing employers in OSHA matters from the initial OSHA inspection, all the way through an administrative appeal (trial) of OSHA citations. He is routinely called upon to assist businesses with workplace crises, such as catastrophic injuries and fatalities. He also advises employers on legal safety issues and OSHA regulations.
Ryan H. Crosner, Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins
Ryan H. Crosner is a Shareholder in the firm’s Los Angeles office.
Ryan has successfully represented employers in all aspects of employment law in state and federal courts and in proceedings before various administrative agencies, including the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the California Department of Fair Employment & Housing (DFEH). Ryan has defended employers in class actions involving allegations of employee misclassification, meal and rest period violations, and off-the-clock claims. He also regularly represents employers against claims of retaliation, discrimination, and harassment under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.