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CAL-OSHA Votes to Eliminate Mask Requirements for Vaccinated Employees

On June 17, 2021, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (Cal-OSHA) voted to eliminate mask requirements for vaccinated employees.  Almost immediately after Cal-OSHA’s vote, Governor Gavin Newson signed an executive order to allow the new laws to take place immediately.  Accordingly, effective yesterday, June 17, 2021, vaccinated employees no longer need to wear masks in the workplace.

Employees are considered vaccinated if the employer has received documentation that 14 days have elapsed since the employee received the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or 14 days have elapsed since the employee received a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine.  Employers must continue to require unvaccinated employees to wear face coverings (note that face covering is now defined more narrowly to include only a surgical mask, a medical procedure mask, a respirator worn voluntarily, or a tightly woven fabric or non-woven material of at least two layers) except under limited scenarios.  Read more→