By Brent I. ClarkBenjamin D. BriggsCoby TurnerAdam R. YoungIlana Morady, Patrick D. Joyce, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: On May 20, 2021, the California Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board (OSHSB) will consider changes to the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) Rules, and it just posted the
Continue Reading Cal/OSHA Considering Changes to COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard

By Brent I. Clark, Benjamin D. BriggsIlana R. Morady, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: A new Senate Bill that would radically increase Cal/OSHA’s enforcement powers is working its way through the California legislature. SB 606, authored by Senator Lena Gonzalez and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez – both of whom have significant organized labor backgrounds
Continue Reading California Legislature Considers Beefing-Up Cal/OSHA’s Enforcement Powers

By Bernard Olshansky, Ilana Morady, Elizabeth M. Levy, and Coby Turner

Seyfarth Synopsis: The California Department of Industrial Relations’ Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved an Emergency Temporary Standard regarding COVID-19, effective November 30, 2020. After holding a stakeholders meeting in December, the Division released its second iteration of frequently asked questions, which included nearly 40 new
Continue Reading Cal/OSHA Finally Updates FAQs For Emergency Temporary COVID-19 Standard

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 Ilana R. Morady and Elizabeth M. Levy

Seyfarth Synopsis: As California’s legislative session comes to an end, a wave of new COVID-19 related laws that impact employers are being signed into law. On September 17, 2020, Governor Newsom signed AB 685, which will require employers to provide specific notices to employees exposed to COVID-19 within one business day
Continue Reading CalPecs – COVID-19 Exposure Notification Requirements Coming To A Workplace Near You

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 Brent I. Clark, Benjamin D. Briggs, Mark A. Lies, IIAdam R. YoungIlana R. Morady, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: Cal/OSHA announced that it has cited eleven employers for not protecting employees from COVID-19 exposure during inspections of industries where workers have an elevated risk of exposure. The industries include food
Continue Reading Cal/OSHA Announces Citations to Multiple Employers for COVID-19 Violations