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September 28, 2020

LWDA Weekly Roundup: 

Each week the Labor & Workforce Development Agency and its departments engage with the public, stakeholders, and reporters on social, digital, and traditional media. Here are the highlights from last week.

News:
Cal/OSHA Issues Citations to Health Care Facilities and Public Safety Employers for COVID-19 Violations

Cal/OSHA has cited six Bay Area employers including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and a police department for failing to protect their employees from COVID-19. The employers were cited for various health and safety violations including some classified as serious, with proposed penalties ranging from $2,060 to $32,000.

“Workers in health care and public safety are at a higher risk of exposure to COVID-19 and employers must put in place measures to protect these essential personnel,” said Cal/OSHA Chief Doug Parker. Read more here.

Labor Commissioner’s Office Launches Business Engagement Program for Employers in California
The Labor Commissioner’s Office has launched a Business Engagement Program to help employers understand California labor law. The program includes an educational webinar series in partnership with ADP, Inc. 

The webinar series is open to all employers, and will provide critical information and best practices to help protect both workers and businesses, and ensure a level playing field. It is one of several efforts by the Labor Commissioner to reach employers, including ongoing payroll tax seminars. View more here.
Complete The Census Today!
Taking just a few minutes to answer the 9 simple questions helps determine dollars that fund important programs for the next 10 years. Complete the Census here.
Social Media Posts of the Week:
Safe Reopening FAQs for Workers and Employers
If your employer uses screening measures before you come into work, including checking your temperature and for signs or symptoms of #COVID19, should you be paid for this time? Yes!  View here.
New Podcasts and Videos:
Know Your Rights: Safe and Healthy Workplace in California
On the Record:
Unemployment benefits top $90 billion to support impacted workers in COVID-19 pandemic
September 24, 2020

California workers impacted by this historic COVID-19 pandemic have now received a total of $90.6 billion in unemployment benefits - valuable financial support for families and businesses in each community. The California Employment Development Department (EDD) has processed approximately 13.6 million claims between the regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) program and extension claims, as well as the separate Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program.  Read more here.
Workplace Health, Safety, and Rights:
COVID-19 Information for Agricultural Workers
If you are a farmworker in California, here is what you need to know to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at home and in the fields. Read more here.
Información de COVID-19 para trabajadores agrícolas
Si usted es un trabajador agrícola en California, esto es lo que necesita saber para ayudar a prevenir la propagación del COVID-19 en el hogar y en el campo. Leer más aquí.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Benefits Available for Those Impacted By Wildfires (August 28, 2020)

ICYMI:
DWC Posts Order to Update Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS) (September 24, 2020)
Governor Newsom Signs Legislation to Protect California’s Workforce Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic (September 17, 2020)
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