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June 18, 2021

UPDATED Legal Alert: Cal/OSHA Revises COVID-19 ETS Regulations Made Effective Immediately via Executive Order

After some back and forth on the issue over the past few weeks, the California Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board (“Cal/OSHA Board”) ultimately approved updated COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards regulations today (June 17, 2021) that significantly revise workplace safety standards initially implemented in November 2020.  Following the Cal/OSHA Board decision, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-09-21 to implement the revised regulations effective immediately (June 17, 2021).  These revised Cal/OSHA regulations now align more closely with federal Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) and California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) guidelines to loosen COVID-19 restrictions for California’s employees, while also creating new workplace mandates for employers.

See the attached Alert for more information and contact an attorney in our Employment Group with any questions.

Update: Cal/OSHA Revises COVID-19 ETS Regulations Made Effective Immediately via Executive Order