For weeks now, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has been reminding business owners of their responsibilities to protect employees from heat-related illnesses. These reminders typically focus on employers in construction, landscaping and agriculture from where many workers' compensation claims originate. However, the hospitality industry with facilities that have outdoor entertainment areas must not be forgotten. These could include children's play areas, patio dining establishments and sidewalk shopping venues.
Housekeepers, sometimes also called maids, are essential to the smooth functioning of hotels. Just one great or unpleasant experience with housekeeping can make or break a guest's experience.
The California Highway Patrol is investigating a suspected DUI crash that claimed the life of a motorcyclist. This was just one of many car accidents in which innocent people die as the result of the alleged negligence of others. In this case, the person who died was a 50-year-old Harley Davidson rider from Long Beach.
The office of California Labor Commissioner's Office reported recently that a Burmese restaurant group with facilities in various locations and one other restaurant received citations for around $5 million each after investigations into their labor practices. The inquiries were launched after kitchen staff logged complaints about employee rights violations. Hundreds of workers alleged wage theft by the restaurant owners.
On July 1, 2018, the Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Program (MIPP) will become effective. This is a rule, approved on March 9, that requires establishments in the hospitality industry in California to create a program to address housekeeping hazards and then implement and sustain it. According to the California Workers' Compensation Information System, the average increase in injury claims by housekeepers is almost 900 every year.