Since the COVID-19 outbreak, several new regulations to protect people in the workplace have been adopted. Recently, California’s Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (Cal/OSHA) approved emergency standards that obligate most employers to implement a COVID-19 Prevention Program (among other requirements). These regulations have been in effect since November 30, 2020. 

With laws and related guidance in constant flux, managing a return to the office program is incredibly challenging. Employers must quickly comply with new laws and adhere to new standards while protecting their people and operating their business. Since launching the Return to Work Center, we continue to expand its capabilities to help employers achieve these objectives.

Automated Compliance Solution

To help employers quickly comply with the new Cal/OSHA standards, our partners Wilson Sonsini and SixFifty created an automated compliance solution that is now available in Sequoia’s Return to Work Center. The compliance solution is an automated experience with legal policies and documentation to help employers comply with the Cal/OSHA standards and includes the following:

  • Cal/OSHA Compliance Assessment – Receive a customized assessment that provides guidance on what you should do next to move forward.
  • Written COVID-19 Prevention Plan – Receive a policy that covers how your employees should act in accordance with the new Cal/OSHA Emergency Standard, and a certificate that employees have read and understand the policy.
  • Identification of COVID-19 Hazards – Receive a guidance document that covers the places, things, and situations within a workplace that could potentially spread COVID-19. 
  • COVID-19 Case Documentation – Receive documents that outline the facts and circumstances surrounding positive COVID-19 cases in the workplace.

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David Finkelstein – David is a Senior Corporate Counsel at Sequoia, where he assists with transactional, intellectual property, privacy and data security, and other matters related to Sequoia’s products, services and corporate governance. In his free time, David enjoys hiking, playing card and board games, and spending time with his family.