January 16, 2021

CA enacts strict new COVID-19 notification law for construction sites

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A new CA law that went into effect Jan. 1 allows state regulators to shut down jobsites that expose workers to an imminent hazard of COVID-19 infection, while eliminating a previously required 15-day rebuttal period for contractors to respond to any alleged “serious violations” related to COVID-19.

The state’s AB 685 law codifies much of the emergency temporary standard that Cal/OSHA implemented in November. But it also expands the notification requirements for employers, as well as Cal/OSHA’s policing powers for violations of infection prevention requirements aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.

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