The California Legislature is currently in peak season as the Assembly and Senate rush to complete consideration of bills that were introduced in their respective houses. As a general rule, bills have to move out of their house of origin by June 4th in order for them to survive and continue through the legislative process. WG is actively lobbying many of these bills that affect the environment, labor, and water. Two bills that we are heavily opposing are AB 616 and AB 857.

Matthew Allen

June 1, 2021 marks the start of Santa Clara County’s new vaccination tracking mandate. A May 18, 2021 Order of the Santa Clara County Health Officer requires businesses to comply with specific safety measures, focused on COVID-19 case reporting, vaccination and the use of face coverings indoors. Taking seriously its intent to protect the community and increase vaccination rates to reduce transmission of COVID-19 long-term, the Order provides for fines, imprisonment or both for those failing to comply.

On May 20, 2021, the Cal/OSHA Standards Board (Board) convened a public meeting to review proposed revisions to the November 2020 Emergency Temporary Standards (“ETS”) on COVID-19 Safety in the workplace. It was anticipated that the rules would be readopted with the revisions and sent to the Office of Administrative Law for an abbreviated five-day public notice and comment period as an emergency action before taking effect. 

With a growing number of employees passing the fully vaccinated threshold, government regulators are actively reevaluating current health and safety standards. In keeping with the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) recently updated health and safety restrictions, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has eased quarantine restrictions for fully vaccinated asymptomatic employees in non-healthcare workplaces. Following CDPH’s lead, Cal/OSHA will no longer require that fully vaccinated asymptomatic individuals be excluded from the workplace.

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