Carmel & Naccasha attorney, Devin Mikulka, has outlined the relevant information for employers regarding the new California law, AB 685

Read the publication here.

AB 685 greatly increases the requirements that private and public employers must follow with respect to workplace safety and the risk of COVID-19 exposure. Failure to do so could lead the Division of Occupational Safety and Health of California’s (Cal/OSHA) authority to shut down worksites deemed to be an “imminent hazard” due to COVID-19 and issue “serious violation” citations.

Information covered includes:

  • What to do if an employer receives a notice of potential exposure to COVID-19 at their workplace
  • What to do if an employer receives a notice of a COVID-19 outbreak at their workplace
  • How to properly post a notice of COVID-19 imminent hazard at work location

Employers are strongly encouraged to consult counsel whenever (1) there is a positive confirmed case of COVID-19 for guidance on the proper notification/contact tracing requirements, (2) whenever Cal/OSHA contacts them or if an inspector appears at the employer’s worksite, and (3) whenever the employer receives a notice of citation or penalty related to COVID-19 notification requirements.

If you have any questions or would like to seek legal help, please contact our employment attorney, Devin Mikulka.

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