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New CDC Mask Guidelines May Create Problems for California’s Employers
May 13, 2021

New CDC Mask Guidelines May Create Problems for California’s Employers

Topics: COVID-19

Today’s new CDC guidance that fully vaccinated persons may stop wearing masks and distancing in most settings is a welcome announcement after over a year of the COVID crisis.  However, California employers should note that the new CDC guidance has an exception that largely swallows the guidance because masks and distancing should be maintained “where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.”  Until such time as the California Department of Public Health, Cal/OSHA and local authorities update their guidance on mask use and physical distancing in the workplace, California’s employers should continue to enforce existing standards to stave off claims of workplace safety violations. 

As a result of the CDC’s announcement and accompanying publicity, employers should anticipate that fully vaccinated employees will seek exceptions to current mask and distancing policies that might be in place.  Employers should remain vigilant enforcing current standards until such time as California, Cal/OSHA and local authorities concur and provide new guidance.  Feel free to reach out to your favorite CDF attorney for updates and insights into local and California changes.

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Sacramento Office Managing Partner and Chair of CDF’s Traditional Labor Law Practice Group. Mark has been practicing labor and employment law in California for thirty years. His practice has a special emphasis on the representation of California employers in union-management relations and handling federal and state court litigation and administrative matters triggered by all types of employment-related disputes. He is also adept at providing creative and practical legal advice to help minimize the risks inherent in employing workers in California. He recently named “Sacramento Lawyer of the Year” in Employment Law-Management for 2021 by Best Lawyers®.
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