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The agency did not set safety rules for COVID-19 under the previous administration.
Until now such decisions have been left to states, leading to wide variation and confusion.
The order also asks OSHA to strengthen its workplace enforcement efforts.
OSHA has declined to create national rules during the pandemic.
A recent survey from Korn Ferry found that 47% of retailers are having a hard time finding seasonal workers this year.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it has received more than 10,000 COVID-related complaints.
Nationally, there is no requirement to do so.
A measure before the Assembly would eliminate the exclusion of domestic workers from workplace safety law that covers other employees.
The state will make standards legally binding, where federal guidelines are mere recommendations.