Excerpt: "The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health won the reputation of taking a backseat in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, having been anointed a remote investigatory agency in the press. However, Gov. Gavin Newsom, on July 24, indicated plans were underway to change that image when he disclosed efforts for targeted and strategic enforcement of labor laws, no doubt in response to the recent rise in COVID-19 infections, and the perceived lackluster enforcement of workplace safety laws. While the governor did not expressly mention the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health as his lead agency to spearhead the enhanced enforcement effort, the agency is the obvious choice with a statewide system of enforcement, and a uniquely adaptable standard — namely the injury and illness prevention program — at its ready disposal."
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