Assembly Bill 685 (AB 685) requires employers to provide their employees with written notification of a potential COVID-19 exposure. Amendments to the law took effect January 1, 2023 and remain in place until January 1, 2024.
What stays the same?
Within one day of learning about a positive COVID case in the workplace, employers are required to provide written notice of potential exposure to all employees who were at the worksite.
The new law provides that an employer may now satisfy the notice requirement by prominently posting a notice that includes the dates on which an employee with a confirmed case of COVID was on the premises within the infectious period, and the location of the exposure.
The notice must remain posted for 15 days in a location where workplace rules and regulations are usually posted. An employee portal is also acceptable.
Employers must also keep a log of all the dates the notice was posted at each of its worksites and allow the Labor Commissioner to access these records.
For additional information on how to protect workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit our COVID-19 Resources page on SafeAtWorkCA.com.