NFIB Small Business Legal Center Argues California OSHA Workplace Regulations are Illegal

Date: February 04, 2021

On Thursday, January 28, NFIB and the National Retail Federation’s request for a temporary restraining order against new California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) workplace regulations received its first hearing in a San Francisco Superior Court.

Karen Harned, executive director of the NFIB Small Business Legal Center, and John Kabateck, NFIB’s California state director, co-authored a guest editorial in the Fresno Bee explaining why NFIB sued Cal/OSHA. “California state law requires that Cal/OSHA follow a specific process before issuing new mandates. … A pandemic doesn’t suddenly give unelected bureaucrats legal authority not previously given to them by the Legislature or the people.” Harned and Kabateck also point out that since the start of the pandemic, California small businesses have taken every step imaginable to protect their workers, customers, and communities. NFIB is suing the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health to overturn its dangerous and destructive mandates before any more damage is done.

Read the full editorial from Harned and Kabateck in the Fresno Bee. In addition to the publication by the Fresno Bee, the editorial ran in 10 daily newspapers owned by the Southern California News Group.

Read more about NFIB’s suit against the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

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