Supreme Court Passes on Opportunity to Decide if Title VII Prohibits Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation
- Written by Jarred Lieber
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) is a federal law that prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, and religion. It generally applies to employers with 15 or more employees, including federal, state, and local governments. Title VII also applies to private and public colleges and universities, employment agencies, and labor organizations.
- Written by Rebecca Hause-Schultz
In accordance with Cal/OSHA general safety orders, employers are required to maintain first-aid materials readily available for employees on every job. This is not a particularly onerous requirement given the prevalence of comprehensive commercial first aid kids. However, what many employers may not know is that the first-aid materials must be approved by a consulting physician. See California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Section 3400. Buying a standard, commercially available and comprehensive first aid kit is not sufficient to satisfy a company’s legal obligations. And although in the past this may not have been a requirement that was strictly enforced, according to the Ventura County Agricultural Association, there have been reports of increased Cal/OSHA citations issued for failure to provide Cal/OSHA with proof of a physician’s review and approval of the first-aid kit. While there have been efforts to re-write this general safety order to not require physician approval of the first-aid kit, the current law still requires it, and apparently OSHA is still enforcing it.