Practice Resources

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COVID-19 Enforcement on the Rise
July 15, 2021

Cal/OSHA, the state agency that oversees workplace safety and health, has increasingly enforced and levied fines with respect to COVID-19 issues in the workplace. By April 2021, those fines amounted to roughly $4.6 million for approximately 200 workplaces. You don’t want to be caught unprepared should a Cal/OSHA representative make a surprise visit to your business. See if you pass the test – can you successfully check off these five tips below? 

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Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Update about Chiropractic Clinics
June 28, 2021

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced earlier this week in updated guidance, that healthcare employers, including chiropractors, are required by a new six-month emergency rule to implement pandemic protection plans in their clinics or workplaces. The OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) is aimed at protecting workers where suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients are treated.

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California Will Align with CDC Mask Guidelines Upon Reopening June 15
June 10, 2021

“Fully vaccinated people can resume everyday activities without wearing a mask except in a few limited settings that are required by federal and now state rules,” said Chief Health Officer Doctor Mark Ghaly. “Individuals who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks in indoor public settings.”

The “limited settings” requiring masks regardless of vaccination status include healthcare and correctional facilities, public transportation, homeless and emergency shelters, cooling centers and indoors at schools.​
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Federal Law Alert
American Rescue Plan Act Signed Into Law

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which is the latest bill to address the ongoing economic impacts of COVID-19, has been signed into law. Most aspects of the law do not directly affect the HR function, but those that do—optional extension of sick and family leave and establishment of COBRA subsidies—are outlined below.

OPTIONAL EXTENSION OF SICK AND FAMILY LEAVES

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Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace
Occupational Safety and Health Administration - January 29, 2021

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has prepared this guidance for planning purposes. Employers and workers should use this guidance to help identify risks of being exposed to and of contracting COVID-19 in workplace settings and to determine any appropriate control measures to implement.