On May 28, 2021, the employer community got its first glimpse of a revised Cal/OSHA emergency, temporary standard (ETS) for COVID-19 that may become law by June 15, 2021. That day—June 15—is significant because it is the date the governor set as a goal for California to “fully open its economy.” In addition, the CDC’s new guidance allowing fully vaccinated persons to go maskless in some settings was another encouraging sign that normalcy was just around the corner. Indeed, Cal/OSHA had promised to tweak the existing COVID-19 standard with these developments in mind. Instead, the revised standard simply whittles around the edges, while maintaining restrictions even for the fully vaccinated that make little scientific sense. The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board will consider this revised ETS proposal at a public hearing on June 3.  For more information, see our legal update, A revised CAL/OSHA COVID-19 standard creates confusion

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