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20 Oct

October 2021: California’s COVID-19 Employer Reporting Requirements Updated

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California employers in the fields below.

What happened?

On October 5, 2021, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 654 (AB 654) into law.

What are the details?

The AB 654 law, effective immediately, expands the types of employers who are exempt from COVID-19 outbreak reporting requirements and clarifies the timeframe for employer notification of cases to public health agencies and the definition of worksite for covered exposures.

Specifically, under AB 654, employers, such as community clinics, adult day health centers, community care facilities, and child daycare facilities, are exempt from COVID-19 outbreak reporting. The Law revises the requirement that employers provide information on COVID-19 employee-related benefits to only apply to employees who were on the premises at the same worksite as the qualifying individual within the infectious period.

Additionally, the bill also revises the notification requirement regarding the cleaning and disinfection plan the employer is implementing to only apply to employees who were on the premises at the same worksite as the qualifying individual within the infectious period, and the employers of subcontracted employees who were on the premises at the same worksite as the qualifying individual within the infectious period.

For more information, please see the links below:

AB 654

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What do employers need to do?

Employers should review the law as well as their COVID-19 and other applicable policies to make updates or changes to stay in compliance with the law.

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