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COVID-19 quick take: Washington state puts teeth into business reopening compliance

John Fitzgerald  

John Fitzgerald  

(June 18, 2020) - The Washington state Department of Labor and Industries issued a regulation (2020 WA REG TEXT 557527) June 17 that allows for citations and fines for employers that fail to follow the state’s coronavirus protection plan.

The regulation reaffirms that employers must provide a “safe and healthy workplace free from recognized hazards,” and that a lack of social distancing measures and failure to address symptomatic employees during the COVID-19 outbreak can be causes for citations and fines.
 
The regulation is part of the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” proclamation issued by Gov. Jay Inslee on March 23 in response to the pandemic.

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