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Monthly Archives: June 2021

Cal/OSHA Adopts New COVID-19 Workplace Standards

June 21, 2021 In what seems to be an endless bombardment of new information and policy in response to the COVID-19 crisis, Governor Newsom signed EXECUTIVE ORDER N-09-21 on June 17, 2021. The Governor accepted the recommendations of the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board – bypassing the usual 10 day review period for approval by the Office of Administrative Law. To add some clarity in this sea of confusion and to lessen prior restrictions, the Emergency Temporary Standards ordered […]

Applied Materials v. WCAB – Physician Misconduct Compensable and Fitzpatrick Affirmed

June 9, 2021 The Sixth District Court of Appeal recently issued its decision in the matter of Applied Materials v. WCAB.  The decision was initially issued as unpublished and the California Workers’ Compensation Institute obtained an order of publication.  The decision was certified for publication on June 1, 2021 and may now be cited as binding precedent in future cases. In its lengthy decision, the Court addressed multiple issues raised by the parties.  The two issues most likely to have […]

California’s Revised Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards Send Mixed Signals to Employers

June 7, 2021 Following the lead of the National Institute of Health (NIH), Cal/OSHA has promulgated new and modified emergency temporary standards for employers in response to the COVID-19 crisis. On June 3, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board readopted Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 prevention emergency temporary standards and adopted revised standards. The revised standards reflect the easing of employer restrictions. These updated standards are expected to go into effect on June 15, 2021 if approved by the Office of Administrative […]