Changes to CDC Guidelines
Yesterday, July 27, 2021, the CDC updated its guidelines for fully vaccinated people to reflect new evidence regarding the Delta variant. The CDC now recommends that even fully vaccinated people wear masks in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission. Levels of transmission are determined by county, and the CDC provides this map by which you can see which counties are at which levels of transmission. Though the CDC guidelines have not changed California requirements for employers, some county governments (such as Yolo County) are beginning to change their masking rules. Be sure to stay updated on state, county, and local requirements for the workplace as the Delta variant continues to impact decision-making.
Additionally, the California Labor Commissioner recently announced that it has fined three grocery stores $447,836 for failing to provide or delaying supplemental paid sick leave or other COVID-19-related benefits to employees. Employers are encouraged to review their practices to ensure that they are handling such sick leave and benefits in compliance with the law.
If you have any questions about handling new masking guidelines or supplemental paid sick leave, please reach out to the experts at Young, Cohen & Durrett, LLP at (916) 569-1700.