On November 30, 2020, California’s Office of Administrative Law approved Cal/OSHA’s emergency standards setting forth new requirements for California employers. Under the new requirements employers must develop a written COVID-19 prevention program, train employees, provide personal protective equipment to employees, provide certain information to employees, and abide by record keeping and new reporting requirements.

California passed sweeping legislation that imposes new reporting requirements in 2021 on employers regarding COVID-19 cases in the workplace.  The new law, AB 685, also provides California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal-OSHA) expansive authority to close workplaces based on the threat of COVID-19.  Here are five issues California employers need to understand