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California Employers, Worker Advocates Criticize Virus Rule

Dec. 18, 2020, 11:16 PM

California employers and worker advocates pushed for changes in testing, quarantining, and other mandates in the state’s new temporary emergency Covid-19 rule in their first meeting with state regulators since the rule was approved.

Recommendations include allowing union contracts that cover Covid-19 to supersede the state requirements and redefining when an employer must test workers for the virus.

The issues were raised Friday when the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, commonly known as Cal/OSHA, held an online meeting to hear concerns about the rule, which was approved Nov. 19 by the state Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board. ...

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