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COVID-19 Workplace Notice Requirements

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AB 685 was signed by Governor Newsom and goes into effect on January 1, 2021.  It contains numerous new obligations for all employers to provide notice of potential exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace.  While there are special provisions with respect to notice to employees whose job duties necessarily bring them into contact with individuals who are known to have COVID-19 or are persons under investigation, the new law does apply to all employers including health facilities.  In addition, the law allows CalOSHA to use an expedited process for citing serious violations related to COVID-19.   Because the new law will require adoption of new policies and procedures, it is recommended that hospitals begin preparation in advance of the January 1 effective date. 

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Health care professionals including: chief compliance officers, in-house general counsel & legal staff, human resource professionals, and risk managers.

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