The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) turned to labor and employment partner Mark Terman for insight on the impact of changes to COVID-19 regulations as employers and HR professionals in California approach updating workplace policies and managing employee expectations.
In “California HR Pros Must Prepare for Changes to COVID-19 Restrictions,” the publication described how many COVID-19 guidelines had been relaxed at the federal level, but California workplaces are still subject to various state and local rules.
“We are experiencing another wave of rapidly evolving and inconsistent COVID-19 direction and guidance from city, county, state and federal agencies,” said Terman.
In response to the CDC lifting many of its COVID-19 safety recommendations for people who are fully vaccinated, Terman said, “That caused confusion in many California workplaces.” He added that the state, as well as some local governments, still require fully vaccinated people to take these measures.
“Employers and their HR teams have their hands full keeping up with regulatory and guidance changes,” Terman noted. He also said that employers must still follow all Cal/OSHA protocols regarding mask-wearing, social distancing and hand-washing.