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Dec 16, 2021

WASHINGTON: State extends rules for reporting COVID-19 outbreaks

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The Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) has issued a replacement emergency temporary rule, which is identical to the rule we previously reported, regarding employer reporting and notification requirements for infectious and contagious diseases during a public health emergency, including the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The original rules were set to expire on December 8, 2021. L&I’s replacement rule took effect December 7, 2021, and will expire on April 6, 2022.

As a reminder, Washington employers with more than 50 employees must notify L&I within 24 hours of confirming that 10 or more employees at the worksite have tested positive for an infectious or contagious disease, including COVID-19. You must also provide written notice to exposed employees.

Tips: See our previous article for details on the rule. Our Model Form, Washington Notice of Disease Exposure, can be customized to use as your notice to exposed employees. If you have any questions, contact your Vigilant Law Group employment attorney.

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