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May 14 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

Resources available to track phased opening of states

States are implementing reopening plans in the wake of COVID-19 (coronavirus) restrictions, some more quickly than others. Many are reopening in phases, but several states are allowing counties to apply for accelerated reopening, making it challenging for businesses to know what phase and/or guidelines apply. Below is a list of…

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May 07 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

CALIFORNIA: Cal/OSHA updates infection prevention guidance

Cal/OSHA has been updating and expanding its guidance for specific industries on how to protect workers from COVID-19 (coronavirus). We previously reported on guidance for the construction and logistics industries. According to the web page for Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus, those documents were updated on May 5,…

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May 07 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

CALIFORNIA: Governor issues four-part plan for reopening state      

Governor Gavin Newsom has announced a framework for gradually reopening the state of California, with certain low-risk businesses being able to open as early as May 8, 2020 (Executive Order N-60-20). As we previously reported, the governor issued an order on March 19, 2020, which closed all non-essential businesses and…

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May 07 2020
COVID-19Workers’ Comp  

CALIFORNIA: Workers’ comp presumed if positive for COVID-19

Employees who test positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus) will have an easier time getting workers’ compensation benefits under an order signed by California Governor Gavin Newsom on May 6, 2020 (Executive Order N-62-20). Under the order, employees who tested positive for, or were diagnosed with, COVID-19 on or after March 19, 2020, will…

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May 07 2020
COVID-19Leave LawsWage and Hour  

CALIFORNIA: L.A. County requires supplemental paid sick leave

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is the latest in a string of local California municipalities to pass an ordinance providing supplemental paid sick leave (SPSL) to workers not covered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The Los Angeles County interim urgency ordinance affects businesses in the unincorporated…

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Apr 30 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

CALIFORNIA: Cal/OSHA issues guidance for construction & logistics

Cal/OSHA recently issued safety guidance for the construction and logistics industries, to protect workers from COVID-19 (coronavirus). The guidance documents don’t impose any new obligations; they offer ideas to help California employers address COVID-19 in their Injury and Illness Prevention Programs (IIPPs). Because the virus is widespread in California communities, Cal/OSHA says…

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Apr 30 2020
COVID-19Leave Laws  

CALIFORNIA: Food sector expanded paid sick leave poster available

California’s new “COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for Food Sector Workers” model notice (workplace poster) is now available. The poster must be displayed where employees can easily read it, such as in the breakroom, near the time clock, or another conspicuous place where other workplace notices are posted. If workers don’t regularly come to a…

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Apr 23 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

CALIFORNIA: San Francisco requires face coverings for some workers

The City of San Francisco has issued a public health order requiring individuals to wear face coverings in public, including employees performing work at essential businesses (as defined by the Shelter in Place Order issued on March 16, 2020). Essential businesses must require their employees, contractors, owners, and volunteers to…

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Apr 23 2020
COVID-19Leave Laws  

CALIFORNIA: Paid sick leave expanded for food sector workers

California Governor Gavin Newsom recently issued Executive Order N-51-20, providing food sector workers with up to 80 hours of “COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave” if they perform work “for or through” a business that employs 500 or more employees in the U.S. This amount is in addition to any already accrued California paid sick…

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Apr 23 2020
COVID-19Leave Laws  

CALIFORNIA: San Francisco amends paid sick leave ordinance

The City of San Francisco has passed a Public Health Emergency Leave Ordinance, which provides up to 80 hours of additional paid sick leave to employees who aren’t otherwise covered by the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The public health emergency leave ordinance took effect on April 17, 2020, when…

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