One question that employers have been asking since the onset of the pandemic is whether they could be sued by employees who get sick as a result of being exposed to an infected coworker.
We have discussed how employers are obligated to record COVID-19 cases that they have determined are work-related and are confirmed COVID-19 cases, but what happens when an employee who has contracted COVID-19 has to go to a hospital or dies?
As employers re-open workplaces, the use of rapid COVID-19 testing has proliferated. But if an employer learns of a positive result, is it required to report that result on its workplace injury logs?
California Governor Gavin Newson recently signed two new laws related to COVID-19, including a workers’ compensation law governing workplace “outbreaks” of COVID-19, and an exposure notice law that is triggered whenever employers discover that a potentially infectious individual has entered the workplace.
Virginia, as one of 22 states with a federally approved Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) state plan (a workplace safety and health program operated by the individual state which is approved and monitored by OSHA for effectiveness), has taken the first step in a possible new state response trend by adopting a new emergency workplace safety standard that goes into effect today.
On July 8, 2020, OSHA issued guidance specific to the oil and gas industry for mitigating occupational exposure risks to COVID-19.
Some states have issued orders requiring employers to provide cloth face coverings to employees as a condition for reopening.
Just when employers began calling more employees back to work, OSHA revised its guidance on when a COVID-19 infection is recordable.
On April 13, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued its latest COVID-19-related interim guidance, describing how it intends to approach COVID-19-related inspections.
While OSHA’s website contains a wealth of information for employers on how to deal with COVID-19, including a very helpful 32-page Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, OSHA was strangely silent on whether COVID-19 was a recordable work-related illness until last Friday.
This week, OSHA released new guidance for employers, giving recommendations on how to reduce worker exposure to coronavirus in the face of the COVID-19 situation – a situation that the World Health Organization has now labeled a “pandemic.”
Recordkeeping is not a sexy issue to write about, but I would be remiss if I did not periodically remind our readers about their recordkeeping obligations under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA).