California bill would make employers report Covid-19 exposures

A California bill supported by labor unions and opposed by business groups would force employers to quickly notify employees and health officials if a worker is exposed to coronavirus.

Under Assembly Bill 685, sponsored by The California Labor Federation and United Food and Commercial Workers, public or private employers would face fines up to $10,000 for failing to providenotifications of exposure within 24 hours. Failure to provide any of the notifications would be a misdemeanor, under the bill authored by Eloise Gómez Reyes (D-San Bernardino) and promoted by Robert Rivas (D-Hollister) and Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego).

“As the average age of those falling ill from COVID-19 has become younger, it is critical to track workplace exposure and to use that data to find ways to keep workers safe on the job,” the bill says. “With infections and deaths disproportionately high in the Latino, Black, and Asian-Pacific Islander communities, more information about workplace illness and industry clusters can inform policy makers in addressing healthcare disparities and protecting vulnerable workers.”

Existing law fails to make employers’ reporting requirements clear, the bill says. …

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Comments

  1. Rottweiler says

    Hey dummies that would put all of the first responders out to pasture. We have all been exposed to it at one time or another whether it be from the ER to the OR to just getting homeless patients from the streets. What kind of nut wants us not to be able to work? I would love to be not at risk at my employment of working as a front line at the hospital but when the government doesn’t protect us like Newsom what to do? He signed a billion dollar deal with a mask company from China, (the enemy as if they could care less about our valuable PPE equipment), which by the way has not passed American standards. He disseminates false information and scares the heck out of the State, he makes poor decisions but if he wants to close every hospital in the state go for it. I have suffered under this party of Democratic Antifa for months now. It is time to leave this bloody, one party, communistic/MARXIST state run by a bunch of progressive losers, all democrats.

  2. Ed Cuevas says

    This is nothing more than a communist democrat snitch law idea. If passed it will lead to many more. It’s for your own “good”…sure it is.

  3. Hopefully, our President will soon announce a NATIONAL EMERGENCY POLICY for COVID.
    Open CDC to across the board use by physicians to write Hydroxychloroquine and Introduce Ivermectin immediately for general use as necessary.
    The public and medical professionals must be advised these two meds must be dispensed to the public immediately upon symptoms, as appropriate. Once the public has the facts and a viable treatment, we can all get back to the business of MAGA in Trump Time again.

    I am waiting, President Trump.

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