Month: October 2021

California Senate Bill 606 to Ramp Up Cal/OSHA Enforcement Authorities

Another hit to California employers, SB 606, takes effect on January 1st, 2022. The far-ranging law substantially increas­es Cal/OSHA’s enforcement powers. Safety professionals and others in the community are already pondering how bad it will be and what to do to prepare for it. These changes to the Labor Code are undoubtedly significant for employers …

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Cal/OSHA Modifies Quarantine Rules for Asymptomatic, Unvaccinated Workers

Without any fanfare, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) updated its FAQs for the COVID-19 emergency temporary standards (ETS) on Sept. 21, to incorporate new guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Importantly, the CDPH has relaxed its quarantine recommendations for unvaccinated, asymptomatic workers. The ETS, which governs most workplaces in …

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California Legislation Signed to Extend Exemptions from AB 5 for Certain Industries

Governor, Gavin Newsom has signed AB 1561 to extend the sunset dates on the exemptions granted to licensed manicurists and construction trucking subcontractors from the provisions of AB 5. AB 5 sets forth the test for whether a worker is an independent contractor or employee. The exemptions will now sunset on Jan. 1, 2025, providing each industry …

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