The state legislature made changes to both CalOSHA reporting requirements and fines for violations.
AB 326 lays to rest what may be the last legal option to use telegrams to file reports with the government.
The new law requires employers to make an immediate report by phone or email of every case involving an employee’s serious injury or illness or death to the Division of Occupational Safety and Health. The new “or email” replaces “or telegraph” in the old law.
Another bill, AB 1634, requires employers seeking a 50% abatement credit to submit proof, under penalty of perjury, that abatement has occurred. The bill also requires employers to abate serious workplace hazards even if the employer petitions for reconsideration of an adverse Administrative Law Judge ruling, unless they seek leave from abatement from the Appeals Board. The bill explicitly states that the abatement statement cannot be used as evidence of the existence of a violation.