February 21, 2022

In response to California’s 2021 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (“SPSL”) law’s expiration on September 30, 2021, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law SB 114 on February 9, 2022, which creates California Labor Code Section 248.6 and provides a new bank of SPSL for use by employees in 2022. 

Since the 2021 SPSL law’s expiration, workers in California were unable to secure paid sick leave for qualifying COVID-19-related reasons, with the exception of exclusion pay where required by the Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard and paid sick leave available through the California Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act for preventive care, diagnosis, care, or treatment of an existing health condition, among other purposes.