Author: jonasaras

Cal-OSHA Workplace Violence Prevention Program

Starting July 1, 2024, the majority of employers in California must establish, implement, and maintain a Workplace Violence Prevention Plan. Every covered employer is required to establish, implement, and maintain an effective workplace violence prevention plan. Cal-OSHA will continue to write Workplace Violence Prevention regulations AFTER July 1, so it is likely that these documents […]

Reminder: Hazardous Waste Generation and Handling Fee

While MCS does not provide tax consultation services, we want to inform you of a new regulatory change effective this year.   Dealerships must register for a “Hazardous Waste Generation and Handling Fee” through the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration ( This is a new requirement and is distinct from the DTSC EPA ID […]

New Generator and Handling Fee

The former  “Generator Fee” has been replaced by the Generation and Handling Fee (GH fee). The new fee includes items that were previously exempt: used oil (including oily water), coolant, used oil filters. So that now includes every dealership on the hook. First, contact your hazardous waste hauler(s) to determine total tonnage. Once determined, register for the fee with California Department of Tax […]

Covid Response Update

The federal vaccine mandate is still on hold, and it will likely be another few months before we get greater clarity on the federal response. California UpdateOn orders from California Department of Public Health, from December 15 through January 15, 2022, all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear masks indoors. Cal […]

OSHA Workplace Vaccine Mandate Update

As you are undoubtedly aware, there are new Federal mandates set to go into effect regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine for those with 100 or more employees. As with many pieces of legislation and regulation, an exact understanding of how implementation of such mandates work can be a moving target. I am closely monitoring the situation […]

Cal OSHA Covid Prevention Plan Now Available

In response to the recent emergency Cal OSHA standards published on November 30, 2020, I have prepared a draft Covid Prevention Plan which can be downloaded here: I have written the program to reflect the operating procedures that I’ve observed during client visits.  These are the standard things that most Counties have already dictated.  Please […]

Cal/OSHA’s New COVID-19 Regulations

California’s Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board unanimously approved emergency temporary standards for workplace coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) exposures. The board now will submit the rule text to the state Office of Administrative Law. If approved by the Office of Administrative Law in the next 10 calendar days, the emergency standards will be in effect […]

Coronavirus Update – May 11, 2020

DISCLAIMER:  Information regarding COVID-19 is dynamic and constantly evolving.  The information provided here is a brief guidance for employers and employees to undertake in order to protect themselves in the workplace. There is no warranty implied or expressed regarding the completeness or accuracy of information presented here.  The information provided here is not complete and/or […]

Federal EPA e-Manifest

e-Manifest was launched nationwide on June 30, 2018.  As no hauler currently has an end-to-end electronic manifesting system that interfaces with the EPA, the current paper-based system will persist for the short-term.  However, TSDFs (treatment, storage and disposal facilities) must now submit manifests electronically to the EPA at a cost of $4 – $20 per […]

Upcoming Changes to Proposition 65 Warning Signs

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has adopted a change of the required verbiage for The Proposition 65 warning signs that will go into effect August 30, 2018. The California New Car Dealer Association has the new signs and stickers available to its members through Reynolds and Reynolds at 800-559-3676. The new verbiage can […]