As we are nearing the end of 2020, California officials have recently implemented a regulation that requires all employers to implement safety measures in their workplaces during this pandemic. California joined Oregon, Michigan, and Virginia in implementing these standards. Virginia was the first state in the United States to approve the temporary new workplace safety rules after lawmakers passed the measures back in July. Labor groups also cited that this new regulation is needed to set clear and enforceable standards.
California’s Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board advises all businesses to educate employees on ways to prevent COVID-19 infection, provide them free personal protective equipment, and offer free COVID-19 testing to all employees if three or more employees become infected with the coronavirus within a 14-day period.
In the implemented standards, employers are also expected to do the following:
Ensure that there are at least six feet of physical distance between employees.
Require employees to wear face masks and shields and prohibit such materials to be shared among employees.
Maintain a COVID-infected employee’s earnings and benefits during the quarantine.
Some employers criticize that applying these rules to all businesses may be impractical; however, several business representatives pointed out that many of the measures are already included in recently approved laws, local health orders, and executive orders.
These emergency standards will take effect within 10 days and last for at least six months. Now is the perfect time to rethink how prepared your company is to financially support your employees during this pandemic. We at CIII Insurance Services can help you manage that, just visit our website to get in touch.
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