The Impact of COVID-19

We are all facing unprecedented, unexpected challenges during this time. All of the essential workers in our ranks are working harder than ever to keep our communities safe, healthy, and powered. We are developing resources to support our workers and will continually update this page as we have new information to share.

NEW California Laws, Standards, and Guidelines Expanding COVID-19 Protections for Workers

AB 685 COVID-19 Exposure Notification

SB 1159 Workers’ Compensation and COVID-19

Emergency Temporary Cal-OSHA COVID-19 Standard

California Department of Public Health Testing Guidelines


ESC Local 20 Communications to Members

Thursday, October 15, 2020 – Medical Professionals Update: Governor signs two new worker protective laws to address COVID-19

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 – Medical Professionals Update: BIG WIN Kaiser Childcare Stipend Extended, plus CA Law Protects Parents Using Vacation for Child-Related Activities

Friday, August 21, 2020 – Medical Professionals Update: NEW Cal-OSHA Guidance on COVID-19 and Webinar on Elastomeric Respirators

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 – Medical Professionals Update: Lab Experts Committee Report; Optometry Safety Standards

Thursday, July 9, 2020 – Medical Professionals Update: The Importance of Masking and Proper PPE

Thursday, June 25, 2020 – Medical Professionals Update: ESC Local 20 continues safety advocacy; HCA’s shameless grab for profits

Thursday, June 11, 2020 – Medical Professionals Update: Support AB 2537 – 6 months of PPE & Announcing NEW Lab Experts Committee

Thursday, May 28, 2020 – Medical Professionals Update

Thursday, May 14, 2020 – Medical Professionals Update

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 – Medical Professionals Update

Thursday, April 23, 2020 – Medical Professionals Update

Thursday, April 9, 2020 – KP Updates – Alternative Work Agreements for Opt, GC, HH Therapy Units

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 – New Updates for ESC Local 20 Medical Professionals Impacted by COVID-19

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 – ESC Local 20 COVID-19 Resource Page

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 – Message to KP Members

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 – High Priority Issues for ESC Medical Professionals

Monday, March 23, 2020 – ESC Coronavirus Update


Health & Safety

Workplace Safety

ESC Demand Letter RE: COVID-19 Safety Requirements


Emergency Benefit Information

Emergency Hardship Benefits for Workers Impacted by COVID-19

The CARES Act Summary

California EDD FAQS for Covid-19-related benefits


ESC Local 20 Proposals, Agreements, and Research

Kaiser Hero Bonus Victory – December 22, 2020

Kaiser Agreement – COVID-19 Positive Leave Time Extension through September 30, 2020

Kaiser Optometry COVID-19 Work Agreement

Kaiser Genetic Counselors & Coordinators COVID-19 Work Agreement

Kaiser Home Health Therapists COVID-19 Work Agreement

KP Enhanced Benefits for COVID-19 Pandemic, effective April 13, 2020

KP Hotline Information for Accessing Enhanced Benefits

HCA Pay Continuation Policy

HCA Caregiver Hotel Accommodation Policy

PG&E LOA 20-04 COVID-19 Response Measures

ESC Local 20 Research Document on Model Employer Paid Leave Policies

CKPU Proposals to Kaiser, March 30, 2020

Model Employer Paid Leave Policy Demand to Bargain to Kaiser, March 23, 2020


General Information for Workers

The AFL-CIO’s Statement on Coronavirus: COVID-19

CA Labor Federation Coronavirus Outbreak Resources and Information for Workers