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Playground Safety Management Plan Template Available Online
Kin Ong, Risk Manager
Playgrounds are a familiar part of life in most communities. A playground is an environment for children to learn and develop essential life skills. However, they can also be a source of liability for public agencies if they are not properly managed. According to the CDC, over 200,000 children ages 14 and under are treated for playground related injuries each year. Many of these injuries can be prevented with a proactive Playground Safety Management Program. 

PARSAC has developed a template to assist members in implementing a Plan. The template, which was updated in 2014, addresses inspection procedures, appropriate signage, and documentation:

This template and many others are always available on the PARSAC website under Services, Best Practices (log in required).
Temecula grapples with huge popularity of $1.2 million special needs playground
Tim O'Leary, Valley News

While the immense popularity of the playground is satisfying on many levels, noisy settings can be disturbing for special needs youths. The playground has few rivals in the region. At the time of its groundbreaking ceremony, the closest such special needs playground was located at Fairmont Park in Riverside, city officials said. Councilman Mike Naggar said the enthusiastic response to the playground has launched a “very poignant and very deep” discussion over how to define the elusive concept of inclusion. He said city staff and council members will learn from the challenge. [Read full article]
AB 304 Amends Healthy Workplace Healthy Family Act of 2014
AB 1522 mandated paid sick leave for all employees who, as of July 1, 2015, work in California for 30 or more days within a year, with some exceptions. As originally passed, the Act detailed accrual, carryover, and use requirements, but was ambiguous in other areas. AB 304 is cleanup legislation to clarify the impact on existing leave policies, provide alternative accrual methods, options for calculating employee's pay while on sick leave, and the ability to place limits on the use of sick leave (Lexology).

The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) website provides information to assist employers in complying with the Act, including a recorded webinar (WMV format) with presentation slides and list of Frequently Asked Questions.
FEHA Also Protects Contract Workers from Harassment

A recent case, Hirst v. City of Oceanside, serves as a good reminder of employer obligations with respect to preventing harassment in the workplace. California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibits not only harassment of employees, but also harassment of applicants, interns, volunteers and people “providing services pursuant to a contract,” such as independent contractors (Hirst v. City of Oceanside 236 Cal.App.4th 774 (2015)).
California Summer E-Series Webinar

How to Avoid Cal/OSHA’s Most Commonly Violated Standard and Develop an Effective Injury Illness Prevention Program for Your Workplace:

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
Presented by Jackson Lewis
Alka Ramchandani, Associate

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