Archive | August, 2015

National Preparedness Month

27 Aug

Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.

Did you know that September is National Preparedness Month? National Preparedness Month highlights the importance of making an emergency action plan with your community, your family, and your pets for how to stay safe and communicate during the disasters that can affect your community.

Twice a year America’s PrepareAthon! promotes national days of action – specifically April 30 and September 30 – to highlight the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies. This is a great opportunity to make your workplace, campus or homes safer and more resilient by joining the millions of people across the country participating in National PrepareAthon Month.

America’s PrepareAthon! offers materials to facilitate preparedness for six natural hazards: earthquake, flood, hurricane, tornado, wildfire, and winter storm. The program also offers a variety of customizable promotional materials for these hazards so educators, parents and community leaders can tailor outreach materials to specific audiences.

The time is now to take the next step for preparing for the hazard that might impact your area.

Visit ready.gov/prepare to:
– Take Action: Know your hazards and choose your activities.
– Be Counted: Create your account and register your activities.
– Spread the Word: Download materials to promote your day of action.

We’ll be participating this year by sharing important safety tips throughout the month of September. Do you have emergency preparedness questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact us at Don Dressler Consulting and CalWorkSafety.com. We’re happy to help!

-Don Dressler

$34.9 Million Awarded in Grants to Combat Worker’s Comp Fraud

17 Aug

Workers comp fraud is a large crime in America today. Tens of billions of dollars in false claims and unpaid premiums are stolen every year. Scams are forcing premiums higher — draining business profits and costing honest workers their pay and jobs.

Contrary to what most people believe, workers’ compensation fraud is more that just an employee exaggerating his medical condition or working for cash while supposedly disabled. While these things do occur, employers are also committing fraud by underreporting their payrolls to receive lower premiums and health care providers are billing for services they’ve never performed. Workers compensation fraud is costing the industry and citizens of our state billions of dollars each year.

Just recently, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones awarded $34.9 million in grants to 37 district attorney offices representing 42 counties in California to combat workers’ compensation insurance fraud.

“These grants will assist district attorneys across the state in uncovering workers’ compensation fraud schemes and prosecuting those who take advantage of the system,” Jones said in a statement.

Do you have any questions about Insurance Fraud? Please don’t hesitate to contact us at CalWorkSafety.com or email us at dondressler1@hotmail.com.

You Need to Review Exempt and Salaried Employee Status

7 Aug

A client this past week asked me to review the status of a salaried employee for compliance with the exempt or non-exempt rules of California and Federal law. As it turns out, this key employee is primarily a “doer” meaning a person who handles very important actions every day for the company, but has limited responsibilities which involve independent decision making and the exercise of discretion. Not only that, but in earning about $34,000, the person is on the borderline of earning enough to qualify as an exempt employee by the level of their income.
Certainly – by the first of 2016 – this person would earn too little to qualify as exempt from overtime under the new rules being planned by the US Department of Labor under changes announced to the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act. You may have read in the news that the income level under these planned FLSA changes will go to over $50,000 per year.
Salaried or not, exempt from over-time or not, these are big issues for employers in California and involve a lot of lawsuits and lots of money and potential damage claims. Now is the time for every employer to look at every single salaried employee and ask an employment attorney or wage and hour specialist – am I ok? Do it long before January 1, 2016 while you still have time to make changes and correct any problems.
Let us know at Don Dressler Consulting if you need assistance. Our team of HR consultants are here to help. Email us at dondressler1@hotmail.com

Q&A with Don Dressler – Changes in Notices Required for Newly-Hired Employees

7 Aug
Q: Have there been any changes in the pamphlets that all California employers are required to give newly-hired employees?

A: Yes – there have been changes by the EDD in the two pamphlets they issue, the Paid Family Leave material was revised in May 2015 and the State Disability material was revised in June 2015.

There are 4 leaflets required to be given to every new employee at the time they are hired or start work.  All are available for download from state agencies, or you can purchase copies of these materials from the California Chamber of Commerce.  Here are the latest versions of these required materials:

1. Paid Family Leave pamphlet (revised May, 2015) – Available at:

2. California Disability Insurance Provisions (Revised June 2015) Available at:

3. Sexual Harassment, the facts about sexual harassment (Revised 2014) Available at:

4. Time of Hire Pamphlet for Workers’ Compensation – from CA Department of Workers’ Compensation (Revised July 2014) (You can also obtain material from your workers’ compensation insurer.  If you use a Medical Provider Network, and should do so to maintain medical control over work injury claims, a separate notice and pamphlet are required, both available from your workers’ compensation insurer. )  Available at:

When an employee is going on sick leave or at termination, you should also provide:

For Your Benefit – California’s Programs for the Unemployed (last revised in 2013)

Available at: http://www.edd.ca.gov/pdf_pub_ctr/de2320.pdf

Please don’t hesitate to contact us at Don Dressler Consulting and CalWorkSafety.com for help with any employment law or safety compliance questions.

-Don Dressler