COVID-19

Updated January 12, 2021

 

Contractor Resources

COVID-19 Prevention

  • COVID-19 Prevention Plan

    • In response to Cal/OSHA’s emergency temporary standards regarding COVID-19 prevention in the workplace, our legal counsel has developed a California COVID-19 Prevention Plan compliant with the new Cal/OSHA regulation and California’s AB 685 notice requirement. The California COVID-19 Prevention Plan also includes prepared templates and forms to comply with AB 685’s Notice Requirements.
  • COVID-19 Management Plan and Fillable Form

    • According to Cal/OSHA guidelines, mandatory infection control measures must be included in the contractor’s Injury and Illness Prevention Program. As a result, we have provided you with the COVID-19 Management Plan for your company facility and/or job site locations, as well as a fillable form for your convenience.
  • COVID-19 General Checklist for Construction Employers

    • This checklist is intended to help construction employers implement their plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace and is supplemental to the Guidance for Construction Employers. This checklist is a summary and contains shorthand for some parts of the guidance. Please familiarize yourself with the guidelines before using this checklist.

 

Exposure Notices and Documents

  • COVID-19 Employer Reporting Requirements

    • The California Chamber of Commerce created a table explaining employer obligations for when an employee tests COVID-19 positive. Employers can now easily determine what to do under the laws dealing with this requirement.

 

Critical Infrastructure Notices

 

Financial Resources

 

Health and Safety

  • Asking Employees About COVID-19 Symptoms

    • If your employee is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, here are helpful questions you can ask to provide them the help they need.
  • Cal/OSHA Industry Specific Safety and Health Guidance Sheet

    • Cal/OSHA has issued guidance to the construction industry on COVID-19 Jobsite safety practices. While some counties and agencies have issued guidelines individually, this is the first industry-specific guidance issued by Cal/OSHA on COVID-19 worker protections. This guidance should be used as a baseline. It’s encouraged that contractors update their safety plans to include the Cal/OSHA provisions as to minimum guidelines.

 

 

Legislative Updates & Resources

Financial Updates

  • COVID Relief Bill: Changes to PPP Loans and New Lending Terms

    • Changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) are underway since the President signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, which contains the Economic Aid Act, on December 27, 2020. Click here to read PPP loan updates and modifications and its tax treatment changes.
  • New Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Guidelines

    • FFCRA Leave Requirements Expired Dec. 31, 2020, but employers can claim the FFCRA tax credit through March 31, 2021 by voluntarily offering FFCRA to their employees.
    • This post includes previous information regarding FFCRA and AB 1867 (COVID-19 Supplemental Sick Leave)

 

Cal/OSHA

 

Legislation Summaries and Resources

  • AB 685: COVID-19: Imminent Hazard to Employees: Exposure: Notification: Serious Violations

    • On September 17, 2020, California doubled down on its efforts to keep non-remote employees safe from COVID-19 exposure.  Governor Newsom signed AB 685, new legislation that allows the state to track COVID-19 cases in the workplace more closely.  AB 685 expands Cal/OSHA’s authority to issue Orders Prohibiting Use (OPU) and prescribes exhaustive notice requirements in the event of a COVID-19 exposure in the workplace. AB 685 also enhances reporting requirements to local health authorities in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak in the worksite.  The law takes effect on January 1, 2021.
    • Resources

 

Governor Newsom Announcements

  • Governor Newsom Announces Regional Stay-at-Home Order

    • On December 3, 2020, Governor Newsom announced a “Regional Stay-at-Home Order” that will be triggered if the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) capacity drops below 15 percent in a given region. Once the order is implemented, residents will be required to stay at home as much as possible and minimize mixing to reduce exposure.
  • Executive Order N-62-20

    • Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-62-20 provides that all California employees who work at a job site outside their home at their employer’s direction between March 19, 2020 – July 5, 2020 and test positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of working at their job site are presumed to have contracted any COVID-19-related illness at work for the purposes of awarding workers’ compensation benefits.
    • Resources

 

The State of California Links

 

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Links