Assembly Bill 685 would require employers to notify state agencies and employee unions of a COVID-19 infection within 24 hours of an outbreak. Labor unions are sponsoring the bill.

During a press conference Friday, Gov. Newsom addressed concerns that few counties are tracking occupations during outbreaks and testing.

“We’re working with the Legislature on tracking COVID infections in farmworkers,” he said, referencing AB 685. “We'll be making an announcement in that space on that issue very, very shortly.”

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The bill passed Senate Appropriations on Thursday. New amendments address just a couple of the many concerns raised by a broad coalition of ag and business groups in opposition.