On September 17, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 685 into law. Beginning January 1, 2021, this bill will require California employers to notify their California employees regarding a potential exposure to COVID-19. They will also be required to notify the local health departments of any COVID-19 outbreaks.
An individual that would cause your company to have to give notice is someone who:
- Has a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19;
- Has a positive COVID-19 diagnosis from a licensed health care provider;
- Has a COVID-19 related order to quarantine from a public health official; or
- Has died from COVID-19.
Notice to employees should follow when an employer is notified by:
- A public health official or licensed medical provider;
- The employee or contractor who has a laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19; or
- The testing protocol of the employer.
More guidance is available from Cal/OSHA by clicking on the link.