The California Labor Board for the second time in two weeks on Thursday adopted revisions of COVID-19 temporary emergency standards that take into account the latest guidance from the California Department of Public Health.
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Thursday that allows the audits to take effect without the normal ten-day review period of the Office of Administrative Law.
The California Department of Industrial Relations said in a statement on Thursday that the changes provide "clarity and consistency for employers and employees as California reopens its economy."
The revised standards went into effect immediately and include rules that fully vaccinated employees do not need to be offered tests or excluded from work after close contact if they do not have COVID-1
Facial coatings – which the previous version stated were necessary in most circumstances – are dealt with extensively in the audits, including that employees are now not required to wear face masks when they are outdoors regardless of vaccination status, with the exception of certain employees in the event of an outbreak.
also explicitly wear face protection without fear of retaliation from employers. . Employees who are not fully vaccinated can request respiratory protection for voluntary use from their employers free of charge and without fear of retaliation from their employers, according to the new rules.
The revisions also eliminate physical distance requirements, except where an employer determines there is a danger and for some employees in the event of a major outbreak. They also exclude housing and transport from employers from the regulations where all employees are fully vaccinated.
The new revisions also state that employers must document the vaccination status of fully vaccinated employees if they do not wear face masks indoors.
When testing, the revisions state that employers must offer COVID-19 testing to employees who are not fully vaccinated and show COVID-19 symptoms.
Employers must also review government ventilation needs and evaluate ventilation systems to maximize outdoor air and increase filtration efficiency. and evaluate the use of additional air purification systems.
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