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Aug 03 2021
Safety and Health  

OREGON: Wildfire smoke and more heat rules effective August 9, 2021

On August 2, 2021, Oregon OSHA issued two new temporary emergency regulations, one addressing outdoor workers’ exposure to wildfire smoke, and another addressing high heat in employer-provided housing. Both rules take effect on August 9, 2021, although employers have until August 16, 2021, to train outdoor workers on wildfire smoke hazards.…

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Jul 22 2021
COVID-19Safety and Health  

CALIFORNIA: Keep an eye on local mask mandates for your area

As local jurisdictions in California grapple with rising infection rates from COVID-19 (coronavirus), many are strongly recommending wearing masks indoors regardless of vaccination status, and at least two have made it mandatory. Los Angeles County issued an order requiring face coverings in businesses and public indoor spaces, even for those…

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Jul 22 2021
Safety and Health  

WASHINGTON: L&I offers heat stress resources

Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) offers numerous training and education resources on its Be Heat Smart webpage, to help employers comply with emergency heat stress regulations that took effect on July 13, 2021. Resources include a customizable outdoor heat exposure prevention plan, a self-paced training module (which you should…

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Jul 19 2021
Safety and Health  

WASHINGTON ALERT: Wildfire smoke regs issued, effective immediately

Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) issued emergency regulations on July 16, 2021, requiring employers to protect outdoor workers from wildfire smoke. The rules took effect immediately, but enforcement of new obligations to implement exposure controls and provide respiratory protection is delayed until July 23, 2021. Enforcement of training requirements is…

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Jul 12 2021
Safety and Health  

ALERT: Washington heat illness rules expand as of July 13, 2021

Expanded requirements for protecting Washington workers from outdoor heat exposure take effect on July 13, 2021. Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) announced the changes on July 9, 2021, stating that these emergency rules are necessary immediately to enhance protections against heat illness for outdoor workers. Washington already has outdoor heat exposure…

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Jul 01 2021
COVID-19Leave Laws  

CALIFORNIA: City of Los Angeles requires paid vaccine leave

On June 24, 2021, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued two orders granting paid time off for workers in the city to obtain COVID-19 vaccines and recover from any effects. Both orders allow you to require verification that an employee received a vaccine. One order, Vaccine Paid Sick Leave Due to…

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Jun 17 2021
COVID-19Safety and HealthWage and Hour  

CALIFORNIA: Cal/OSHA proposes changes to COVID-19 rules

June 17, 2021, the California Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board (OSHSB) approved revisions to Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) for non-health care workplaces. (We summarized the original ETS here and reported on the related FAQs here.) The OSHSB will now send the proposal to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL)…

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Jun 03 2021
COVID-19Safety and Health  

CALIFORNIA: Santa Clara County says to check vaccination status

On May 18, 2021, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department issued an order that requires businesses in the county to check all workers’ COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccination status. The order took effect on May 19, 2021. For anyone who isn’t fully vaccinated, you must check back at least every 14 days to see if…

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Jun 03 2021
COVID-19Leave Laws  

CALIFORNIA: L.A. County requires paid leave for COVID vaccinations

On May 18, 2021, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance requiring employers in unincorporated areas of the county to provide up to four hours of paid leave to employees who need time off related to receiving the COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccine. The ordinance took effect immediately but…

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Jun 03 2021
COVID-19Safety and Health  

Q&A: Understand vaccine exceptions to quarantine requirements

Question: If our state is “reopened” for business, do we still have to comply with quarantine requirements after an employee is exposed to someone with COVID-19 (coronavirus)? What if the employee is fully vaccinated? Answer: The lifting of restrictions on businesses’ ability to operate is separate from your obligation as an employer to comply with…

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