December 31, 2020

Dear Members,

As a reminder to the ECA Member Message first sent out on September 21, AB685, a law that mandates imminent notification to employees, and timely notification to local and state public health officials of COVID-19 cases at workplaces goes into effect on January 1, 2021. It requires employers to notify all employees within one business day that they have been potentially exposed to COVID-19 if any person at the worksite happens to test positive, has been ordered to isolate, or has passed away. The law also strengthens Cal/OSHA enforcement authority through Orders Prohibiting Use (OPU).

Below are two useful links:

The first link is to a summary sheet outlining the basic requirements under AB685 regarding both positive confirmed cases or potential exposure, and, outbreak scenarios. There is also additional information on OPU’s.

The second link is a sample template letter that signatory employers may use to satisfy union requirements for employees covered by a Collective Bargaining Agreement as the employee’s exclusive representative.


If you have any questions, please call my mobile number at 657-281-9720.
Thank you,

Ray M. Baca
Executive Director