The gig economy is growing in California and across the U.S. with more and more people engaging in short-term projects for firms, employment agencies, and digital platforms. App-based work is especially on the rise. In fact, the Pew Research Center published a study in 2016 showing that 8 percent of American adults earned income from online gig work in 2015 with 29 percent saying the money was essential to their day-to-day living.
There's a reason why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warns drivers to stay safe on the roads every Thanksgiving: this day may be the most deadly holiday of the year. Residents of California should also know that it's a fatal day for many with heart conditions.
Employers in California and throughout the country should aim to make their safety programs as easy to understand. Although legal departments may want to cover as many issues as possible, having too many rules may make it difficult to make decisions. Instead of creating rules, it may be easier to establish principles that guide decision-making processes related to employee safety.
There are many dangerous jobs. When most people think about a dangerous workplace, though, they think of heavy, sharp equipment and battling natural elements. Jobs like logging, fishing and oil rigs come to mind. In truth, nursing is one of the most dangerous jobs across the country.
The first few months spent in a new job can be extremely hazardous for workers in California and around the country, according to a study from the Institute for Work and Health and figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Toronto-based IWH found that workers with three or fewer months of experience are three times more likely to be injured on the job, and BLS data reveals that almost a third of the workers who suffered nonfatal workplace injuries in 2013 had less than one year of experience.