Goal & Issue Summaries
Advocate cost-effective and practical safety and health regulations while protecting the competitive position of California employers. Work to ensure that any new rules are feasible, based on sound science and assist the regulated community in its compliance efforts.
Position: The California Chamber of Commerce supports effective workplace safety policies and believes that such policies must be based on sound science, must be clearly drafted, and must be feasible to implement. The CalChamber also believes stakeholder input, even in times of crisis, is critical to drafting effective, successful regulations. The CalChamber will continue to advocate sound, effective and feasible policy at Cal/OSHA in all rulemaking processes.
Regarding COVID-19, the CalChamber acknowledges that COVID-19 appears unlikely to be eliminated in the near future and supports transitioning from emergency-footing workplace precautions to more feasible precautions befitting a disease that will remain endemic in the population.
Position: The CalChamber continues to support the right of an employer to maintain a safe workplace by enforcing zero-tolerance drug use policies through drug testing, including pre-employment testing. Conversely, the CalChamber opposes legislation that undermines employers’ ability to maintain a drug-free workplace.
In addition, the CalChamber opposes legislation that incentivizes or creates new employment litigation, or adds new protected classes or activities (such as marijuana use) to the Labor Code, Fair Employment and Housing Act, or Civil Code.
Position: The CalChamber believes that increasing vaccination rates is necessary to keep infection rates low and help keep California’s economy open. The state should concentrate on supporting employers that encourage vaccination, incentivizing workers to get vaccinated, and removing the threat of frivolous, expensive litigation against employers that are legitimately requiring workers to be vaccinated. If the state imposes a vaccine mandate, the costs resulting from that mandate should fall on the state, not on private employers.
Related Issue: Workplace Compensation
Cal/OSHA Emergency Regulation on COVID-19
Letter on COVID-19 Advisory Committee Comments (March 2, 2021)
Letter to Legislative Leaders (February 1, 2021)
Stakeholder Meeting Comment Letter (December 18, 2020)
Coalition Letter Asking OAL to Reject Emergency Regulation (November 25, 2020)
Coalition Letter (November 18, 2020)
Cal/OSHA Releases Draft COVID-19 Emergency Regulation (November 12, 2020)
Indoor Heat Illness
Coalition Comments on February 22, 2017 Discussion Draft (April 4, 2017)
Hotel Housekeeping Safety
Coalition Comments on February 23, 2016 Discussion Draft (March 22, 2016)
Prevented passage in 2018 of proposal creating unworkable requirements for providing hotel worker panic buttons (AB 1761).
Led coalition that stopped in 2016 a job killer bill exposing employers to a private right of action related to their Injury and Illness Prevention Program (AB 2895).
Backed 2016 veto of proposal creating uncertainty and potential delays for employers seeking variances from conveyance safety standards by creating expansive new notification requirements from employers to individuals who are not employees of the employer and who may not be known to the employer, in order to solve a narrow concern with variance applications for elevators (AB 1050).
Workplace Safety Bills
Education, Workplace Safety, Tourism, Unemployment Insurance, Immigration