California Draft Covid Rule Doesn’t Include Vaccination Mandate

Sept. 23, 2021, 8:17 PM

California could extend its Covid-19 worker protection regulations through April 2024, state officials said Thursday.

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, commonly called Cal/OSHA, faces an April 2022 deadline to adopt a standard that would replace the emergency temporary standard in place since November 2020.

The writing of a replacement standard opened the door for Cal/OSHA to overhaul its employer requirements for protecting workers from Covid-19 infections.

Cal/OSHA attorney Corey Friedman Thursday told an on-line advisory committee that the rule wouldn’t include a provision mandating vaccinations or weekly testing for employees similar to what the federal Occupational Safety ...

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