California lawmakers propose COVID-19 vaccination requirements for businesses
California lawmakers propose COVID-19 vaccination requirements for businesses

California lawmakers propose COVID-19 vaccination requirements for businesses

A group of lawmakers in California have suggested a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for all companies in the state.

That proposals, Assembly Bill 1993, would require workplaces and employers to verify that their employees and independent contractors are fully vaccinated against the virus as a condition of employment. It will also require companies to ensure that new employees have at least one vaccine dose before their first day on the job and the second dose within 45 days.

“The road to endemic is through vaccines – and to get there, Californians need consistency and security,” Buffy Wicks, a congressman who presented the bill with other Democratic state legislators, said in a news release. “People have experienced so much whiplash over the last few years when it comes to ever-changing guidelines in the workplace. Workers yearn for stability, and vaccines are the key to making that happen.”

According to the bill, employees and independent contractors must comply with the vaccination requirement, unless they are entitled to a dispensation due to a medical condition, disability or a sincere religious belief.

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health and the California Department of Public Health will provide guidance to employers on what constitutes a medical condition, disability, religious beliefs, and valid vaccination status, Ms. Wicks said.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is still due to sign the bill. However, if the bill is signed into law, there will be fines and penalties for companies that do not comply with the rules, and each employer must confirm compliance with each employee or independent contractor by January 1, 2023.

California’s bill comes after the Supreme Court blocked enforcing the Biden Administration’s COVID-19 vaccination-or-test rule for workers in larger companies on January 13, but upheld CMS’s vaccination mandate for eligible staff at health facilities.


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