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State Mandated COVID-19 Safety Training

The NY Forward, phased guidelines include training requirements that employers must adhere to when reopening their workplaces. However, employers who operate in other states should know that there is considerable variation by state when it comes to the requirements of employer-provided COVID-19 safety training.  

More than a dozen states currently require employers to provide COVID-19 safety training to employees before or upon returning to the workplace. Furthermore, several of these state laws mandate that the training include specific content, which also varies by state. Simultaneously, OSHA, CDC and several other states strongly recommend employers implement similar training to ensure employee health and safety while in the workplace. States which currently require training include:  

  • California 
  • Connecticut 
  • Illinois 
  • Kentucky 
  • Massachusetts 
  • Maine 
  • Michigan 
  • Minnesota 
  • New Mexico 
  • New York 
  • Oregon 
  • Rhode Island 
  • Vermont 
  • Washington

Next Steps

Employers should proactively review any state-specific reopening documents and/or Executive Orders issued by the state and implement training that meets applicable state and industry specific training requirements. Even where not required by state law, it is recommended that employers provide safety training as this may be helpful in defending against any potential claims from employees regarding the safety practices in the workplace.

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