By Ilana R. Morady, Brent I. ClarkJames L. CurtisBenjamin D. Briggs, Adam R. YoungPatrick D. Joyce, Daniel R. Birnbaum, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: California Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 606 into law on September 27, 2021. It creates two new categories of Cal/OSHA violations: “enterprise-wide” and “egregious”. It
Continue Reading California Senate Bill 606 to Beef Up Cal/OSHA Enforcement Authorities

By Brent I. Clark, Benjamin D. BriggsJames L. Curtis, Adam R. YoungPatrick D. Joyce, Ilana R. Morady, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: The National Retail Federation (NRF) and others brought an action against the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), and the Occupational Safety
Continue Reading Employers File Lawsuit Challenging Cal/OSHA’s Alleged Illegal Overreach in ETS Rulemaking

By James L. Curtis, Ilana Morady, Adam R. YoungPatrick D. JoyceElizabeth M. Levy, Coby Turner, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: Cal/OSHA will hold a stakeholder meeting on the California OSHA COVID-19 emergency temporary standard (ETS), which became effective November 30, 2020 and includes new documentation, COVID-19 testing, earnings continuation, and
Continue Reading Cal/OSHA Stakeholder Meeting on COVID-19 ETS Rules

By Benjamin D. Briggs, Ilana R. Morady, and Patrick D. Joyce

Seyfarth Synopsis: Last month we blogged about the Cal/OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board’s unanimous vote for a COVID-19 temporary emergency standard and a permanent infectious diseases standard. Cal/OSHA was tasked with drafting proposed text for the temporary emergency standard by the Standard Board’s November
Continue Reading Cal/OSHA Moves Closer to Issuing New COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard

By Benjamin D. BriggsPatrick D. Joyce, Ilana R. Morady, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: On September 17, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continued, Cal/OSHA’s Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board voted unanimously to draft a COVID-19 temporary emergency standard and a permanent infectious disease standard, with a deadline for consideration at their November 19
Continue Reading Stay Tuned – California OSH Standards Board Moves Forward with New COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard

By Benjamin D. BriggsBrent I. ClarkMark A. Lies, IIAdam R. YoungIlana R. Morady, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: Cal/OSHA, in a press release, noted that it recently issued citations to a food manufacturer and its temporary employment agency, with over $200,000 in proposed penalties to each employer for
Continue Reading Cal/OSHA Cites Food Manufacturer and its Staffing Firm for Failing to Protect Hundreds of Workers from COVID-19 Exposure

By Robert B. Milligan, Mark A. Lies, II, Adam R. YoungIlana R. Morady, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: A new California State guidance provides direction for dine-in restaurants, brewpubs, craft distilleries, breweries, bars, pubs, and wineries to provide a healthy and clean environment for workers and customers. 

The State COVID-19 industry guidance site
Continue Reading Cal/OSHA and Health Department Publish COVID-19 Guidance for Dine-in Restaurants

By Benjamin D. BriggsBrent I. ClarkIlana R. Morady, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Cal/OSH Standards Board has adopted provisions that require employers to provide a copies of their IIPPs upon employee requests. 

If you’re a loyal reader of our blog, you’ve already seen our Reminder To All Employers With Establishments in California:
Continue Reading Changes to Cal/OSHA IIPP Standard Entitle Employees to Copy of Injury and Illness Prevention Program

By Shireen Wetmore, Kerry M. Friedrichs, Benjamin D. Briggs, and Ilana R. Morady

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Department of Labor Standards and Enforcement, the Employment Development Department, and CalOSHA now have FAQs addressing how the COVID-19. coronavirus affects California businesses.

Perhaps you, like an author of this post, enjoy reading updates on COVID-19 (the shorthand for “coronavirus
Continue Reading Coronavirus Questions? California Administrative Agencies Have Answers!

By Mark A.Lies, II, Brent I. ClarkDaniel R. BirnbaumIlana R. Morady, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: Cal/OSHA has issued guidance on protecting workers from exposure to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV or Coronavirus).

Faithful readers are already familiar with our previous dispatches, including Chinese Coronavirus Outbreak—What Employers Need to Know; Coronavirus:
Continue Reading Cal/OSHA Guidance on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus