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Public Policy Newsletter Article

New California Law Changes Employer Notification Requirements for COVID-19 Exposures

  • 2020-10-22T15:00:00.000+0000
  • Author: Jimmy Jackson

Earlier this year, Governor Newsom signed AB 685 into law, effective January 1, 2021. This bill puts several new notification requirements in place for employers in the case of potential exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual and for outbreaks at a worksite. Late last week the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) provided some helpful guidance towards the implementation of the bill.

CPDH published definitions that will be used in enforcement of the bill. Many of the definitions mirror language requested by the business community, and overall set the foundation for what companies need to know to implement the bill’s requirements.

At the same time, CDPH published an “Employer Questions about AB 685” document. Companies should review this document carefully, as it gives great insight into CDPH’s interpretation of the bill, and has very helpful links at the bottom of the page to other state entities, particularly one which discusses how AB 685 changes and enhances Cal/OSHA’s oversight of workplaces with regards to COVID-19.