Co-authored by Michael Thompson

Yesterday, July 8, 2021, Zaller Law Group hosted a webinar with a speaker from Cal/OSHA discussing the revised Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) and what changes employers need to be aware of going forward.  Here are five key takeaways from the webinar we thought were interesting:

1. Managers and supervisors need to

Masks. Vaccination. Training. Testing. The recently-revised Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) fundamentally rewrite employer obligations with respect to protecting employees from COVID-19.

But what does the revised ETS say about excluding employees from the workplace over COVID-19 concerns? And what about the controversial pay requirements in the original ETS?

Who Must Be Excluded?

The

California employers have been on a four-week rollercoaster ride over Cal/OSHA’s revisions to its Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”). The ETS was originally effective November 2020. In May 2021, the Board for Cal/OSHA approved revisions to the ETS, and then withdrew the revisions five days before California’s state-wide reopening on June 15. Days later the Board

Late on June 9, 2021, Cal/OSHA’s Standards Board withdrew the revisions to its COVID-19 prevention emergency temporary standards (“ETS”) that were approved on June 3, 2021 and were expected to take effect by June 15, 2021, in connection with California’s reopening and lifting of the restrictions under the “Blueprint for a Safer Economy.”  We wrote

Just as employers thought there could not be any additional paid sick leave requirements, the County of Los Angeles passed yet another COVID-19 paid leave requirement for employees obtaining or effected by the vaccine.  This ordinance requires employers to pay up to four hours per injection for COVID-19 vaccine paid leave under certain circumstances. 

Late last week, California enacted SB 93, requiring specific hospitality employers to offer employees laid-off due to COVID-19 preference for new positions between now and December 31, 2024. The new law is similar to a bill the governor vetoed last year, AB 3216.

Hospitality employers should read below to determine whether this new

On Friday, we replayed our March 23 webinar covering various topics including the American Rescue Plan’s renewal of FFCRA benefits and California’s brand new COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SB 95). In both the original run and the replay, we got tons of great questions from employers about these two new laws. Below are

(Thanks to Veenita Raj who co-wrote this week’s Friday’s Five)

An employer’s obligation to provide mandatory paid sick and family leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) ended on December 31, 2020.  The FFCRA applies to employers with 500 or fewer employees.  The payroll tax credits for employers who voluntarily decided to continue