In a recent interview with SHRM, partner Michael Warren discussed Cal/OSHA’s latest revisions to COVID-19 workplace safety rules. Cal/OSHA updated the state's COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) on June 17, and Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order to allow the revisions to take effect immediately. Under the new rules, fully vaccinated workers are no longer required to wear masks in the workplace.
Michael notes that employers still have obligations under the new rules, especially for unvaccinated workers, who must continue to wear masks in many indoor settings. He encourages employers to review the new guidelines carefully to see how they apply to their workplaces, saying "Employers that want to relax COVID-19 safety protocols in the workplace must first have a clear understanding of all the COVID-19 rules that apply to their businesses."
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