Bloomberg Law
Dec. 1, 2020, 1:13 PM

California Covid-19 Worker Protection Rule Now Enforceable

Bruce Rolfsen
Bruce Rolfsen

California’s emergency rule aimed at protecting workers from Covid-19 infections is now in effect, according to the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, commonly known as Cal/OSHA.

The rule was formalized late Monday following a review by the state’s Office of Administrative Law.

The 21-page rule requires employers to develop and implement a coronavirus infection prevention program that includes mandatory mask policies, using physical barriers to protect workers, and maintaining social distancing. It also sets requirements for virus testing, notifying workers of infections, and paid medical leave.

Cal/OSHA officials haven’t announced a phase-in timetable for employers to implement ...

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