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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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 »

Standards Board: More New COVID Rules ?

In another twist in the now surreal Cal/OSHA-COVID regulatory drama, the Standards Board has called a special meeting for June 9th to discuss potential new rules. The Board also released an updated agenda for its regular monthly meeting on June 17th, which include the possible readoption of the COVID-19 standard. Considering that the Board readopted … Read More »

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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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CDC: No More Masks for Fully Vaccinated

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just issued new guidance advising that fully vaccinated people can go about their normal business without a mask or social distancing. The guidance applies to indoor and outdoor activities regardless of event size. But officials, for now, are leaving the mask mandate in place for travel in airplanes, … Read More »

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DIR Director Hagen’s Appointment Clears Senate Rules Committee

Katrina Hagen, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s appointee to head the California Department of Industrial Relations, easily cleared the Senate Rules Committee, but not before facing questioning about key workers’ comp and workplace safety issues. Notably, Hagen (see photo) was asked about pending updates to the state’s med-legal fee schedule, copy service fee schedule, and the rapidly … 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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Brokers Notify Clients Of New COVID-19 Emergency Safety Regulations

Agents and Brokers who have yet to do so should consider contacting their clients to let them know that Cal/OSHA adopted emergency regulations mandating new COVID-19 safety protections for employees. The regulation is already in effect. The emergency proposal faced strong opposition from the employer community. It was nevertheless approved by the California Occupational Safety … Read More »

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