On September 17, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed two related bills into law as part of his COVID-19 worker protection package. The new laws expand the presumption of workers’ compensation liability with respect to employees who contract COVID-19, impose new notice and reporting requirements on employers with respect to COVID-19 cases in the workplace, and expand the California Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s (“Cal/OSHA”) enforcement authority.

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Over the past two weeks, the US Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued several new memoranda containing guidance for both employers and states related to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. On April 10, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued “Enforcement Guidance for Recording Cases of coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19),” which  provides interim guidance to Compliance Safety and Health Officers (“CSHOs”) regarding the Occupational Safety and Health Act’s recordkeeping requirements with respect to recording COVID-19 as an occupation illnesses. In addition, the Employment and Training Administration (“ETA”) has issued three Unemployment Insurance Program Letters (UIPLs) 15-20 , 16-20  and 17-20, which  provide guidance to states concerning the enhanced unemployment insurance benefits provided by the federal government pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act of 2020.

Continue Reading US Department of Labor Issues Guidance Concerning COVID-19 OSHA Reporting Requirements and Unemployment Compensation Under the CARES Act