CDPH Posts Guidance, FAQs on New COVID-19 Reporting Law

Today, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) posted employer guidance and frequently asked employer questions about AB 685 by Assembly Member Eloise Gómez Reyes that was signed into law last month. The measure requires employers to notify employees who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and to report workplace outbreaks to local health departments. CDPH is required to publicly report information on workplace outbreaks, and Cal/OSHA is authorized to enforce COVID-19 hazards as an imminent hazard to provide immediate protection for workers under the law.

CDPH details employer guidance on the new law, including CDPH definitions relative to the law’s provisions. CDPH also provides additional information on frequently asked questions (FAQs) raised by employers. The law is set to take effect on January 1, 2021. However, as CDPH indicates, several requirements included in the law, including employer notification to local health departments in the event of a workplace outbreak, are already required by CDPH COVID-19 guidance that is currently in place.