Changes to California Employer Safety and Health Regulations

Changes to California Employer Safety and Health Regulations

On October 9, 2021, Governor Newsom completed his review of the 836 bills passed to him by the Legislature and signed 770 of them. Within the many new California bills that were recently signed into law, two amend the Golden State’s workplace safety laws. First, Assembly Bill (AB) 654 creates important modifications to an employer’s COVID-19 exposure notice and reporting obligations. Second, Senate Bill (SB) 606 establishes new classes of health and safety violations and enhances liability.

The Biden Administration Vax Mandate for Federal Contractors

The Biden Administration Vax Mandate for Federal Contractors

By September 24, 2021, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force is required to publish the new safety COVID-19 protocols requirements for contractors and subcontractors. We are still waiting for these guidelines to be released. However, the Task Force released a FAQ on September 20, 2021, that provides some clarity relating to federal contractors and vaccination status requirements when working on government sites.

Arbitrating Employee Disputes in California: A Thing of the Past?

Arbitrating Employee Disputes in California: A Thing of the Past?

Employers in California are no longer able to require their employees to arbitrate work-related grievances. This stunning ruling was handed down yesterday by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In its decision, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the legality of California’s anti-arbitration law known as Assembly Bill 51.

Coming Soon: Federal Vaccination Mandates for Large Employers

Coming Soon: Federal Vaccination Mandates for Large Employers

On September 9, 2021, the Biden Administration announced that employers with 100 employees or more will be—in the near future— required to ensure that their workplace is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or otherwise subject to at least weekly COVID-19 testing before coming to work. It is estimated that the new rule will affect at least 80 million workers in the private sector.