State of California Releases New Employer Portal to Assist With COVID-19 Compliance
As the state of California approaches one year of being under various shelter-in-place orders, the Labor & Workforce Development Agency and the Department of Industrial Relations have consolidated resources for employers into a new website. The site provides information on how to ensure a safer and healthier workplace. It also has information on handling employees who may be sick or exposed to COVID-19 in the form of an FAQ.
The site has training resources for employees and employers to learn more about preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.
The new state website further includes a “road map” section in which employers can select their county and industry and receive information about regulations and requirements relevant to their workforce. The guidance includes required safety protocols such as social distancing, as well as potential employee benefits that the employer may be required to comply with. It additionally provides information on the steps to take following a COVID-19 case in the workplace, including local health department contact information.
The guidance, while purporting to be “customized” by the state, is essentially pulling from state and county guidances already available. Employers will still need to sift through the information to determine how to best implement requirements and ensure compliance.