Archive | April, 2014

Tree-Trimming Fatality At Three Frogs, Inc Prompts Cal/OSHA Big Fines

17 Apr

Cal/OSHA recently issued citations with proposed penalties of $91,865 to Three Frogs, Inc., a La Mesa-based real estate investment company following the investigation of a fatal tree-trimming accident. A 42-year-old employee was killed last November when he was struck by a large section of a 60-foot-tall eucalyptus tree he was helping to remove from the employer’s property.

The employee had been working as a general construction laborer at various properties owned by Three Frogs for approximately three months when the accident occurred; neither he nor any of the other construction laborers employed by Three Frogs had experience or training needed to safely cut down a tree of that size.
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FTC and EEOC Agree on Background Check Guidelines

1 Apr

On March 10, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) jointly issued two short guides on the use of background checks in hiring and personnel decisions.

Generally speaking, these guides do not break new ground, but serve more as reminders to employers of their existing obligations under federal law when inquiring into or otherwise considering an applicant’s or employee’s background information. I have attached information about these new guides for you.

If you have questions about procedures for hiring new employees or “on-boarding” (the important first weeks of getting new employees established as productive members of your team), let me know and our team of human resources professionals can assist you

Don Dressler. Consultant and Attorney at Law
Ph: 949-533-3742 – websites: http://www.dondressler.com” and http://www.calworksafety.com