California OKs Bill Protecting Workers Who Use Marijuana at Home

California could soon become the seventh state to make sure people won’t lose their jobs if they smoke marijuana when they’re off the clock. State lawmakers in late August passed a bill to stop companies from punishing workers who fail a certain type of drug test that detects not whether a person is high, but…

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Medicare Advantage Plans

Medicare Advantage Plans are another way to get your Medicare Part A and Part B coverage. Medicare Advantage Plans, sometimes called “Part C” or “MA Plans,” are offered by Medicare-approved private companies that must follow rules set by Medicare. Most Medicare Advantage Plans include drug coverage (Part D). In most cases, you’ll need to use…

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California Wildfires Lead to Evacuations Amid Heat Wave

California wildfires erupted Wednesday in rural areas, racing through bone-dry brush and prompting evacuations as the state sweltered under a heat wave that could last through Labor Day. Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency with temperatures expected to be 10 to 20 degrees above normal, and urged people to help reduce demand for…

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$12M in Emergency Funding for Death Valley Flood Repairs

    Nearly $12 million has been made available to the National Park Service to repair flood damage to roads in Death Valley National Park, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration said. Most roads in the desert park have been closed since runoff from thunderstorms on Aug. 5 wiped out major sections of…

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Cal/OSHA Issues Heat Warning to Protect Outdoor Workers

  Cal/OSHA sent out heat warning for employers this week reminding them they are required to protect outdoor workers from heat illness following excessive heat watches being issued throughout California. The temperature is forecast to exceed 105 degrees in northern and inland parts of the state this week including areas around Sacramento, Fresno and the…

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California Insurance Commissioner: Mercury Steered ‘Good Drivers’ Toward Higher-Priced Policies

California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara announced a legal action on Monday against Mercury Insurance for reportedly violating consumer protection laws, including selling Mercury’s highest-priced policy to “good drivers” instead of the lowest-priced policy for which good drivers qualify. Lara’s action follows a California Department of Insurance investigation that reportedly found numerous areas where Mercury’s business…

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California workers’ compensation insurance

    California workers’ compensation insurance Workers’ compensation insurance covers the cost of work-related injuries. It’s required for all California businesses that have employees. Who needs workers’ comp insurance in California? Every state has different requirements for workers’ compensation insurance. In California, workers’ compensation is mandatory for all employers, even if the company only has one employee.…

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