Workers’ Comp COVID-19 Payroll Reporting Rules Sunsetting

Posted on: July 13th, 2021 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau has announced that two temporary payroll reporting rules to reflect changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic stay-at-home orders will sunset. The move comes after Gov. Gavin Newsom’s June 9 executive order which revoked the statewide stay-at-home order that had been in place since March 19, 2020. You may […]

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New Cal/OSHA Rules: No Masks, Distancing for Vaccinated Workers

Posted on: June 23rd, 2021 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

Last week, the Cal/OSHA Standards Board finally approved changes to the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard that greatly loosen workplace restrictions that were implemented last year to protect California workers. The biggest news in the changes is that workers who have been fully vaccinated will no longer be required to wear face masks as protection, regardless […]

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Cal/OSHA to Vote on Relaxed COVID-19 Standards with No Masks for Vaccinated Workers

Posted on: June 17th, 2021 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

After it canceled changes that were planned for its COVID-19 emergency standard last week, the Cal/OSHA Standards Board has introduced new, more relaxed revisions that it will vote on at its June 17 meeting.  The Standards Board decided to cancel the revisions in response to the California Department of Public Health’s new guidance that vaccinated people will not need to mask […]

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The Risks for Businesses As We Emerge from Pandemic

Posted on: June 9th, 2021 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

As the economy starts waking up from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic and more companies rehire workers or bring them back to the workplace, businesses will be faced with a number of risks that they may not have had to contend with in the past. That’s the conclusion of a new report, “New Emerging […]

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Proposed Rules Would Relax Many Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards

Posted on: May 21st, 2021 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

California employers will recall that Cal/OSHA last November issued COVID-19 emergency temporary standards that were controversial. Now the agency is looking to implement revisions to the standards to make them less burdensome and more reflective of the current state of the pandemic in the U.S. as more and more people get vaccinated. The Cal/OSH Standards […]

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New Law Requires Paid Sick Leave for COVID-19-Related Issues

Posted on: April 7th, 2021 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

Governor Newsom signed legislation in March that requires California employers with more than 25 workers to provide them with up to 80 hours of COVID-19-related paid sick leave. The new law even requires employers to pay workers that took COVID-19-related sick leave prior to March for the time they took off. The law is retroactive to […]

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OSHA: Vaccinated Workers Should Still Wear Masks, Socially Distance

Posted on: March 10th, 2021 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

OSHA recently updated its COVID-19 safety guidance to recommend that employees who have been vaccinated should continue wearing face masks, practice social distancing and comply with any other COVID-19 safety protocols while on the job. That means that the same workplace protocols that apply to unvaccinated employees will apply to those who have received their […]

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Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Inspections Pick Up Steam

Posted on: February 10th, 2021 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

After issuing emergency regulations in November, Cal/OSHA began to step up its enforcement of COVID-19 protections in California workplaces. The types of business being cited cut across many sectors. Although most are focused on health care settings, the inspections are also sweeping up retailers, restaurants, fitness centers, agricultural operations, food processing, and other manufacturing settings. […]

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OSHA, Workers’ Comp Implications for Telecommuting

Posted on: February 3rd, 2021 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

As more Americans work from home than ever before, many employers are wondering about their obligations under OSHA as well as how to reduce the chances that workers may be injured while telecommuting. Obviously, the chances of an injury when working from home are small. The most common issue that is likely to arise long-term […]

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EEOC Issues New COVID-19 Vaccination Guidelines for Employers

Posted on: January 15th, 2021 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has affirmed that employers can mandate COVID-19 vaccines for employees, subject to some limitations. The EEOC’s updated guidance offers direction regarding employer-mandated vaccinations, accommodations for employees who cannot be vaccinated due to a disability or sincerely held religious belief, and certain implications of pre-vaccination medical screening questions under the Americans […]

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