New Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Requirements
by Vita, on December 16, 2020
Compensation and Benefits: Employers must continue and maintain an employee’s earnings, seniority, and all other employee rights and benefits, including the employee's right to their former job status, as if the employee had not been removed from their job.
Integration with Other Leave Benefits: Employers may use employer-provided employee sick leave benefits for this purpose and may consider benefit payments from social sources in determining how to maintain earnings, rights and benefits when not covered by workers’ compensation.
the elements of which mirror the requirements of California’s Injury and Illness Prevention Plan. Required elements include:
- The proposed regulation also includes requirements for notification of potential COVID-19 exposure within one business day to exposed employees, their authorized representatives, independent contractors, or employers at a worksite.
California Leading the Way?
the following actions:
- Draft and implement COVID-19 Prevention Programs
- Consider implementing the testing protocols
- Start preparing for the new recordkeeping requirements
- Outline a COVID-19 exposure notification process (in contemplation of a final requirement for notification to be passed in the regulation).