- Providing written notice to any workers who may have been exposed to the coronavirus
- Providing workers with information regarding COVID-19 related benefits, including workers' compensation,
- Notifying workers of the disinfection and safety plan the the company will implement
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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Many new laws went on the books in California upon entering the new year. These new laws address many different topics and may not affect everyone, but several could have an immediate impact on some of the legal practice areas important to the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth and our clients. As 2021 gets underway in earnest, so too will these changes to the law. Auto Accidents - AB 47 - Driver records: points: distracted driving. It was already against the law to use a cellphone while driving. AB 47 increases the penalties associated with distracted driving due to the use of a cell phone. Fines for using a cellphone while driving remain the same, but beginning July 1, 2021, drivers who receive a second conviction of using an electronic device within 36 months of another conviction will be subject to a violation point on their driving records and could risk losing their driving privileges. The violation point could also lead to increased car insurance rates. This new law will attempt to reduce distracted driving that can result in a car crash. Workers' Compensation and Employment Law - AB 685 - COVID-19: imminent hazard to employees: exposure: notification: serious violations. Existing law requires employers to notify employees of hazards in the workplace. AB 685 specifies that COVID-19 is one of those hazards. If your company has received notification that one of its workers has tested positive for COVID-19, the company must follow specific rules, including:
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Speeding or driving too fast for conditions (like a rain-soaked Southern California freeway).