The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board is poised to consider, and will likely approve, an emergency temporary standard on COVID-19 prevention at its meeting on Thursday November 19th. The proposal is a result of a petition that was filed by the nonprofit Worksafe and plaintiffs’ lawyers. Unfortunately, the tight timelines and process that the Standards Board decided to follow as part of the emergency rulemaking have not allowed for a transparent process whereby stakeholders can proactively engage on draft language.

On September 30, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law SB 973, which imposes new pay reporting requirements on certain employers. Employers in California with more than 100 full-time and part-time employees that are required to file employer information reports with the federal government (“EEO-1” reports) will be required to submit pay and hours-worked data to California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (“DFEH”) by March 31, 2021, (and each March 31 thereafter).

Jason Resnick


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