I’ve been fielding a lot of calls from employers and employees with questions about how to handle workplace exposures and workers who are out sick, possibly due to COVID-19. The rise in COVID-19 cases is resulting in a lot of absences from work.

Cal-OSHA’s COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) are still in effect and revised regulations go into effect on January 14, 2022. In addition to these requirements, employers must follow public health orders on COVID-19. This creates a lot of confusion because some of the recommendations and requirements overlap.

You would think we’d be used to the ever-changing landscape that is COVID in the Workplace, but the topic has renewed vigor. I think one of the more useful sites is Cal-OSHA’s FAQ page regarding their ETS. A particularly useful Table is the new Isolation and Quarantine Requirements. It goes through who must isolate and/or quarantine based on whether someone has a workplace exposure with or without symptoms, and depending on their vaccinated status. All employers should review these tables carefully. Bookmark them because you are likely going to need to refer to them several times in the future. Also keep in mind that the rules will change again, so check back frequently.

If you have questions about COVID-19 in the workplace, including issues regarding vaccine mandates and medical or religious accommodations related to testing and/or vaccine mandates, feel free to contact the Nuddleman Law Firm, P.C. We are here to help employers and employees navigate these difficult issues.

Original article by Robert E. Nuddleman

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