2021 Federal And State Law Update
Legal Update

2021 Federal And State Law Update

California’s Office of Administrative Law approved California Division of Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (Cal/OSHA) proposed emergency regulations on COVID-19 prevention on November 30, 2020. The Emergency Temporary Standards took effect immediately and require California employers to implement strict workplace safety measures to reduce the risk and transmission of COVID-19. Emergency regulations generally remain in effect for 180 days unless the OAL approves a re-adoption of the regulations during that time period. Employers should consult legal counsel as they consider and prepare to implement mandatory, as well as voluntary, vaccine programs, and any such program should be conveyed in a clear written personnel policy. The rollout of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in the United States has triggered extensive discussion around the law concerning mandatory vaccine policies in the workplace. The National Gene Technology Scheme has undergone its third review and the Ministers met on 11 October 2018. The Ministers…