Since the formation of COVID-19, the Almond Alliance has worked to serve our members by developing a resource site related to updated workforce safety guidance, COVID-19 federal relief programs, local ordinance updates, executive orders, business resources, PPE updates, education materials to post in the workplace, and other updates.
On June 17, 2021, Cal/OSHA’s Standards Board voted to adopt Revised COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (“Revised ETS”), which closely align with updated guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) and California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”). Almost immediately thereafter, Governor Newsom signed Executive Order N-09-21, which allows the Revised ETS to take effect immediately.
Although the Revised ETS brings some great news for employers since many of the burdensome mandates have been modified or eliminated (e.g., physical distancing and disinfecting), there are still many requirements that employers must implement and enforce. Accordingly, it is extremely important for employers to make all necessary changes to ensure their operations remain compliant with the new standards.
For a summary of the key changes set forth in the Revised ETS, Click Here.
The attorney’s at TERPSTRA HENDERSON HATFIELD and Almond Alliance of California recommend you consult with your employment law counsel to ensure the specific circumstances of your operation are in compliance with the current requirements.
COVID Vaccination Update for Agriculture Workers
The Almond Alliance continues to work with our membership on vaccinating our essential workforce and responding to questions about COVID-19 vaccinations. If you have any questions or need assistance locating a vaccination clinic, please contact our team.
To view your area’s COVID-19 resource website, Click Here.
Provide your workforce educational materials about the vaccination.
Authorized and Recommended Vaccines
As COVID-19 vaccines are authorized and then recommended for use in the United States, it will be important to understand what is known about each vaccine. The CDC provides information on who is and is not recommended to receive each vaccine and what to expect after vaccination, as well as ingredients, safety, and effectiveness. This can be found on their website, Click Here.
Can you require your employees take the COVID 19 Vaccination?
The short answer: Yes, an employer can make a vaccination a requirement. But there are significant exceptions for potential concerns related to any disability or for religious beliefs that prohibit vaccinations. These are just two of the factors’ employers will have to consider when deciding whether to put a vaccination requirement in place. Experts say that given all the different concerns employers many choose to simply recommend their workers get immunized rather than make vaccination a condition of employment. For more details, please see Attorney Stacy Henderson’s article on employee vaccinations, Click Here.