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Los Angeles County Implements Employer Mask Mandate Until Further Notice

On January 5, 2021, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) issued an Order of the Health Officer requiring all employers to provide face masks to employees “who work indoors and in close contact with other workers or the public.” More specifically, the order states that employers must provide employees “with and require them to wear a well-fitting medical grade mask, surgical mask, or higher-level respirator, such as an N95 filtering facepiece respirator or KN95, at all times while indoors at the worksite or facility.” The new mask mandate exceeds the current California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) requirements, which simply require a face covering. According to the order, employers must provide these masks to employees “as soon as possible, but no later than January 17, 2022.”

The LACDPH also published a fact sheet reminding the public that “all employers are required to provide their employees and workers who work indoors and in close contact to other workers and/or customers with medical grade masks in order to provide additional protection from infection.” The fact sheet also explains the difference between surgical masks and N95 and KN95 respirators and how to properly wear them.

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Charles Thompson, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Employment Law Attorney

Charles L. Thompson IV counsels and defends employers in wrongful termination, discrimination, and other employment-related matters.  These areas include trade secrets and unfair competition, California and federal leaves of absence, ADA compliance, and wage and hour compliance.

Charles also represents employers in traditional labor law matters. He advises and represents employers in collective bargaining. He also represents employers in matters before the National Labor Relations Board, including in unfair labor practice and representation...

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Karen Tynan is an of counsel attorney in the Sacramento office of Ogletree Deakins. Karen is originally from the state of Georgia, and after graduating with honors from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, she worked for Chevron Shipping Company for ten years – sailing as a ship's officer on oil tankers rising to the rank of Chief Officer with her Unlimited Master’s License as well as San Francisco Bay pilotage endorsement.  Karen was the highest ranking woman in the Chevron fleet when she left her seafaring life.  This maritime and petroleum experience is unique among employment...

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