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Nov 19 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

CALIFORNIA: Safety board is considering COVID-19 standard

California’s Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board met today to consider a proposed statewide emergency workplace safety regulation addressing COVID-19 (coronavirus). We’re awaiting word on whether the Board approved it. If it’s approved, the Board will submit the proposal to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL), which will have ten calendar days to review…

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Nov 19 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

Travel advisories issued in West Coast states

With the incidence of COVID-19 (coronavirus) increasing, the states of California, Oregon, and Washington have issued coordinated travel advisories encouraging people to stay home and avoid nonessential travel outside their region. The advisories further recommend that people entering the states (returning or arriving) from another state or country after non-essential…

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Oct 01 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

CALIFORNIA: New COVID-19 exposure notice and reporting obligations

Governor Gavin Newsom has signed AB 685, which will require employers to provide employees with specific notice after becoming aware of a potential COVID-19 exposure in the workplace. The new law also gives the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CalOSHA) the authority to shut down a facility if it’s deemed to…

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Oct 01 2020
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CALIFORNIA: Workers’ comp presumed for COVID-19 illness

California employees who test positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus) will have an easier time getting workers’ compensation benefits thanks to Senate Bill 1159, signed by Governor Gavin Newsom on September 17, 2020. As we previously reported, Governor Newsom issued an executive order in May creating this same presumption, but that order expired in…

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Oct 01 2020
COVID-19Leave Laws  

CALIFORNIA: New required COVID-19 paid sick leave posters released

As we previously reported, a recent California law expanded COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave (SPSL) to all California employees, which has resulted in a new required posting for covered employers, as well as an updated SPSL poster for food sector workers. Pursuant to an executive order that  Governor Newsom signed in…

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Oct 01 2020
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CALIFORNIA: San Francisco enacts additional COVID-19 job protections

Effective September 11, 2020, employers in San Francisco face steep penalties if they take adverse action against workers who are absent or request time off because they test positive for COVID-19, or because they isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19 symptoms or exposure. The new ordinance offers job protections for…

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Oct 01 2020
COVID-19Leave LawsSafety and Health  

CALIFORNIA: Sacramento County implements paid sick leave law

Effective October 1, 2020, covered employers in unincorporated Sacramento County must provide paid sick leave to eligible workers for qualifying, COVID-19-related reasons, and all employers in unincorporated Sacramento County must implement specific COVID-19-related safety protocols and practices in their facilities. Under the Sacramento County Worker Protection, Health and Safety Act…

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Sep 17 2020
COVID-19Leave LawsSafety and Health  

CALIFORNIA: Bill expands COVID-19 PSL to all California employees

On September 9, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation (AB 1867) that ensures all California employees can take up to an additional 80 hours of paid sick leave for their own health concerns related to COVID-19, if they weren’t eligible for such leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).…

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Sep 08 2020
COVID-19Leave LawsWage and Hour  

CALIFORNIA: Sonoma County latest to enact emergency EPSL

On August 18, 2020, Sonoma County was added to the list of California localities to enact supplemental emergency paid sick leave (EPSL) related to COVID-19. The urgency ordinance took effect immediately and is set to expire on December 31, 2020 (unless extended), expanding EPSL to employees working in the unincorporated…

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Aug 20 2020
COVID-19  

CALIFORNIA: SF issues guidance on reemployment rights ordinance

The San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) has issued guidance on the “Back to Work” emergency ordinance, which took effect on July 3, 2020, and will remain in effect for 60 days, through September 2, 2020. As we previously reported, the ordinance gives eligible employees a temporary right to…

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