When a workplace exposure occurs, employers in health care facilities now must notify employees with known or suspected high-risk exposure to the infectious or contagious disease within 24 hours. (Previously, no employee notices were required in the health care industry, in contrast to the existing requirement for non-health care employers to notify all employees who were at the same worksite on the same day as an infected person during the period they were contagious, plus their union representative, if any.) If applicable, notice must also be sent to the union representative of the health care employee with known or suspected high-risk exposure within 24 hours, but only if the employee gives permission.
Tips: Vigilant is in the process of updating our Legal Guide, At a Glance: COVID-19 Compliance in Washington in light of the changes. In the meantime, contact your Vigilant Law Group employment attorney for questions about time off related to COVID-19 and contact your Vigilant safety professional for advice on safety protocols.