Our last blog posting mentioned the fact that Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 regulations have been out-of-step with federal policy. Things have since changed. Just yesterday (Thursday, June 17), Cal/OSHA updated its Emergency Temporary Standards (“ETS”) to align with federal policy—and the pandemic’s trajectory. For California employers, this is welcome news.
Among other things, the new rules mean that:
- Fully vaccinated employees do not need to wear face-covering indoors (except in exceptional circumstances).
- Employees do not need to wear face coverings outdoors regardless of their vaccination status.
- Social (physical) distancing of employees has been eliminated for fully vaccinated employees (again: except in certain circumstances).
Interestingly, the new regulations require employers to document the vaccination status of fully vaccinated employees if those employees are bare-faced indoors. At present, however, Cal/OSHA has not indicated the manner in which this status should be documented. We will provide an update as needed.
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