More States Requiring Employers to Provide Employee Face Coverings

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed an Executive Order that requires businesses to provide face coverings for employees to use while in direct contact with members of the public.

Similarly, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed an Executive Order requiring employers to provide face coverings and gloves for essential workers.

Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development has issued Safe Workplace Rules for Essential Employees. The rules say employees “should” wear a facemask at all times while in the workplace” and that employers can issue facemasks or approve employee-provided cloth face coverings in the event of shortages.

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo has signed an Executive Order requiring that employers provide face coverings to certain employees, or materials for making face coverings. The Order describes when employees must wear face coverings and when they need not do so.

Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti also signed a Worker Protection Order that requires essential workers to wear face masks. Employers are responsible for providing face coverings and ensure that employees have access to clean, sanitary restrooms, stocked with all necessary cleansing products. Among other things, employees must be permitted to wash hands every 30 minutes.


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