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Cal/OSHA cites multiple employers for COVID-19 violations

Penalties range from $15K to more than $420K

Posted February 19, 2021

Cal/OSHA has cited multiple employers for not protecting workers from COVID-19 in various industries throughout California. Violations were identified in a range of industries, including healthcare, restaurant, retail, fitness centers, correctional institutions, and agriculture. Proposed penalties range from $15,000 to over $420,000.

The agency opened the inspections after learning of COVID-19 fatalities and illnesses, after receiving complaints, and during targeted inspections.

On November 30, 2020, Cal/OSHA adopted an emergency temporary COVID-19 standard that took effect immediately. The state has since published guidance, FAQs, and other resources on its website to assist employers with compliance.

This article was written by Rachel Krubsack of J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

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