COVID Legal Requirements for Employers

COVID Legal Requirements for Employers

Let’s face it, COVID legal requirements for employers in California can be overwhelming. There are many, and they change all the time.

To start, employers must comply with both federal and California labor laws, orders from the California Department of Public Health, and requirements set forth by Cal/OSHA. There also may be local requirements that must be met.

One place to find updates is the California Department of Industrial Relations COVID-19 Guidance and Resources webpage (here’s the direct link: https://www.dir.ca.gov/covid/).

Cal/OSHA Requirements

For example, employers are required to follow and enforce the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (the latest version of which was updated and readopted on Dec. 16, 2021, with revisions going into effect on Jan. 14, 2022).

The updated Cal/OSHA COVID-19 ETS includes requirements for employers in regards to:

Answers to frequently asked questions about the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 ETS can be found here: https://www.dir.ca.gov/title8/3205_4.html

California Department of Public Health Requirements

Employers also are required to stay up to date and comply with public health orders. For example, the latest order from California Department of Public Health is “requiring masks to be worn in all indoor public settings, irrespective of vaccine status” through Jan. 15, 2022.

California AB 654

California law AB 654 amends Section 6325 of the Labor Code to include updated requirements on notifying employees of potential COVID-19 exposure, the benefits they may be entitled to, and the employer’s cleaning and disinfection plan.

AB 654 also changed deadlines for reporting outbreaks to the local public health agency to “within 48 hours or one business day, whichever is later,” and clarified the definition of “worksite.”    

Get Help Understanding the COVID Legal Requirements for Employers

It’s nearly impossible for an employer to keep track of all their legal requirements AND run their business successfully at the same time.

That’s why it’s helpful to have an HR Consultant/Lawyer on your side to help you navigate all the legalities and help you mitigate risk.

Contact us today for a free consultation and let us help you stay on top of the ever-changing COVID legal requirements for employers.