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  New California employer mandates take effect January 1  
  Salary history - AB 168 by Assembly Member Susan Eggman, D-Stockton, prohibits an employer from inquiring into an applicant's prior salary or failing to provide a pay scale upon demand.

Sexual harassment training - SB 1343 by Senator Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, requires an employer with five or more employees to provide at least two hours of sexual harassment training to all supervisory employees and at least one hour of sexual harassment training to all nonsupervisory employees by January 1, 2020, and once every two years thereafter. California previously only mandated regular training for supervisors at large companies.

Private breast pumping room - AB 1976 by Assembly Member Monique Limón, D-Goleta, requires employers to provide their workers with a private area that is not a bathroom to pump breast milk.
 

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  Immunizations and optometry  
  Are you interested in providing immunizations to your patients? California law allows optometrists to become certified to perform three immunizations - flu, shingles and pneumonia vaccines - on adults.

The training for immunization certification has three requirements:

1. Optometrists will need to complete an immunization training program that is endorsed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education that, at a minimum, includes hands-on injection technique, clinical evaluation of indications and contraindications of vaccines, and the recognition and treatment of emergency reactions to vaccines.
2. Optometrists will need to maintain basic life support certification.
3. Optometrists will need to perform one hour of ongoing continuing education focused on immunizations and vaccines from an approved provider once every two years.

Many optometric colleges are currently working on creating a certification training course specifically for optometrists. In the meantime, immunization training courses developed by the pharmacy profession can be taken now. The pharmacy certification course is 20 hours total - 12 hours of self-study with a test and an 8-hour, live seminar component that involves attending the full live seminar, successfully completing the injection technique assessment, and completing the assessment. The next course is on November 3 in Los Angeles. COA members are eligible for the California Pharmacists Association member rate.

For more information about immunizations generally, check out the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC). IAC works to increase immunization rates and prevent disease by creating and distributing educational materials for healthcare professionals and the public that enhance the delivery of safe and effective immunization services. Additionally, the CDC produces a number of resources such as posters and flyers that can be downloaded free of charge.
 

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  SF Chronicle endorses Ed Hernandez for Lieutenant Governor  
  First, it was the LA Times, now the San Francisco Chronicle has endorsed Ed Hernandez for Lt. Governor. Election Day is November 6, but vote-by-mail voters in California are already receiving their ballots starting this week.

Here's a few things you can do to help:

Spread the word on social media! Here are a few sample posts you can copy:
  • Twitter: "I support Dr. Ed Hernandez for Lt. Governor. He has the experience and courage to keep fighting for working Californians."
  • Facebook: "On November 6, I'm voting for Dr. Ed Hernandez for Lt. Governor. He will keep our families first, not corporate interests. Learn more about him at www.edhernandez4ca.com"
  • Share his most recent video - Choice: Ed Hernandez for Lieutenant Governor.
  • Show your support by sharing these images on your accounts.
  • Print this sign and place it in your window.
Forward this email to your friends and family!
  • Send this list of actions to your email list or text them about the Hernandez campaign.
  • They can learn more about Ed Hernandez if they visit www.edhernandez4ca.com
Donate to the campaign!
  • Any amount helps spread his message across California.
  • You can donate here.
 

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  Update your information to get referrals from Think About Your Eyes  
  Most COA members now are eligible for a free basic listing on the Think About Your Eyes doctor locator. COA is paying the cost of this new membership benefit - all you have to do is update your company record in COA's database. Members who are already paying for a basic or premium listing will be contacted by Think About Your Eyes to ascertain whether they wish to upgrade, e.g., basic to premium or receive a pro-rata refund of the fee they paid.

Steps to Update Member Company Record
1. Log onto the COA website
2. Click on the link to update your practice/company contact information.
3. Click on the link to update your practice information and employees.
4. Send an email to COA with your name and COA member number informing COA you wish your practice to be published on the TAYE site.
 

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  What we're clicking on  
  More employers are covering telemedicine, but enrollee take-up has been relatively low

What's next for the Essilor/Luxottica merger

COA's revised Prop 65 fact sheet
 

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