Masking, social distancing requirements under consideration

(The Center Square) – Bringing back masking and social distancing in workplaces will be the subject of public hearings next week conducted by the North Carolina Department of Labor.

The department will hold public hearings on both proposals Tuesday, one for general industry construction and agricultural employers, and another for migrant housing operators.

The petitions, published in the North Carolina Register on Jan. 2, were submitted by the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry; North Carolina State AFL-CIO; Western North Carolina Workers Center; the Hispanic Liaison of Chatham County/El Vinculo Hispano; and the North Carolina Conference of the NAACP, according to the department’s website.

Proposed is a rule to require businesses to impose mask and social distancing for workers to prevent the spread of “airborne infectious diseases,” along with record keeping obligations, an “exposure control plan,” and training for employees.

Other requirements would include paid leave for workers to get vaccinations.

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