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OSHA Guidance Requires Certain Employers to Record “Work-Related” COVID-19 Cases

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued new guidance on employers’ obligation to document COVID-19 cases in the workplace for OSHA recordkeeping purposes. Specifically, employers who are required to keep OSHA 300 logs are now required to record cases of COVID-19 (which OSHA considers a respiratory illness) on such logs if the employer determines that the employee’s COVID-19 illness is work-related.

The new guidance went into effect on May 26, 2020 and is an abrupt departure from OSHA’s previous guidance. Read more…