Bloomberg Law
Dec. 9, 2021, 8:33 PM

California Worker Board Considers Revamping Covid Emergency Rule

Bruce Rolfsen
Bruce Rolfsen

California workplace safety regulators are eyeing changes to the state’s Covid-19 worker protection emergency temporary standard, including provisions to make employers pay for testing for fully vaccinated workers and allowing more options for wearing masks.

The proposed revisions would retain the emergency standard’s overall requirements for employers to have Covid-19 infection prevention programs in place.

The state Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board is set to vote on revising the rule at its Dec. 16 meeting. Without the board’s approval, the temporary standard, enforced by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, would likely lapse on Jan. 14. ...

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