As many of us know, workplaces across the state and country were greatly impacted since the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) began spreading earlier this year. Most nonessential businesses were forced to shut their doors and cease in-person operations for a time being, shifting thousands of employees to remote work from home.
Workplaces in California have slowly started to resume in-person operations with some limitations. In order to ensure the health of those returning to work and prevent further transmission of the coronavirus, employers must comply with certain state and federal safety requirements and provide workers with information on how to stay safe.
The good news is that there are great resources available from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) that provide everything that employers need to know about employees returning to work during the pandemic.
The agency’s recent publication, “Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening,” provides step-by-step reopening practices, some mandatory and some recommended, developed by Cal/OSHA (California Division of Occupational Safety and Health).
The playbook covers four different focus areas, including:
For more information on how these regulations apply to your specific workplace, we encourage you to review the playbook online. Please keep in mind that this information may change as the severity of the situation evolves. As of now, all California employers are required to take the following steps before reopening:
Employers who have any specific questions regarding the reopening of their businesses should reach out to the California Department of Public Health or their local health department. Additionally, if you believe that your workplace is taking insufficient health precautions or failing to comply with safety regulations, we urge you to contact a local employment law attorney from Aegis Law Firm who can review the specific details of your case for free.