Masks Off for Vaccinated Employees in California

vaccination status. Physical distancing standards are also eliminated in many situations. The Cal/OSHA Standards Board has approved revisions to the COVID emergency temporary standard, by a 5-1 vote. Soon after the vote, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order enabling the revisions to take effect without the normal 10-day approval period by the state Office … Read More »

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Cal/OSHA: To Mask or Not to Mask

The Cal/OSHA Standards Board has published the latest version of its COVID emergency standard, on which it will vote later this week. The big change: Fully vaccinated employees will not … Read More »

Take Three on COVID Revisions

Less than a week after it adopted controversial revisions to the COVID emergency standard, the Cal/OSHA Standards Board voted to pull them back. Now the plan is for the Division … Read More »

Standard Board Tables ETS Vote

The Cal/OSHA Standards Board held over a critical vote on revisions to the COVID emergency temporary standard. The move was at the request of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, which says it wants to redo the revisions in accord with the Center for Disease Control. DOSH intends to rework the proposal, and the … Read More »

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Targeted Inspections Find 25% Uninsured

The state’s Labor Enforcement Task Force (LETF) uses high-tech reconnaissance and research to identify employers in several industries that are most likely operating in violation of California labor laws. It looks for payment of wages, workplace safety, and providing workers’ compensation coverage. In the latest fiscal year, the task force identified and inspected 578 businesses … Read More »

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Hiring Authority Restored at Industrial Relations

The California Department of Industrial Relations is back in charge of recruiting, testing, and hiring its staff. The State Personnel Board voted unanimously to restore the authority it revoked following controversies surrounding a flawed exam process for the Division of Occupational Safety and Health inspectors. DIR lost its ability to independently run civil service examinations … Read More »

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Budget Proposal Includes COVID-19 Related Positions For DIR

Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a proposed $227.2 billion state budget that includes emergency COVID-19 relief funding for businesses and unemployed Californians. The budget also calls for an extra $8.7 million to fund 43 new positions at the Department of Industrial Relations to implement chaptered legislation related to the pandemic and expanded worker protections. The $227.2 … Read More »

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Lawsuit Seeks to Overturn COVID Standard

Several California agricultural organizations have issued a major broadside against Cal/OSHA’s emergency temporary standard (ETS) about COVID. The lawsuit is seeking to nullify the ETS entirely or several at least vital sections. It also aims to prevent the Division of Occupational Safety and Health from enforcing the standard. It accuses the Standards Board of engaging … Read More »

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