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March 30, 2021

California Employees Receive Two More Weeks of Supplemental COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave

On March 19, 2021, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law S.B. 95, which requires covered California employers to provide qualifying employees with up to 80 additional hours of COVID-19-related paid sick leave through September 30, 2021, upon oral or written request by the employee.  The new state law, which goes into effect beginning March 29, 2021, applies to all California employers with more than 25 employees.  Some of the more notable features of the new state law include:

  •  Establishing a new “bank” of 80 hours of COVID-19-related supplemental paid sick leave for covered employees
  • Expanding the qualifying reasons for COVID-19-related sick leave under state law, including the addition of a COVID-19 vaccination appointment and recovery from COVID-19 vaccination-related symptoms as qualifying reasons for leave
  • Requiring employers to provide employees with notice of their rights to expanded COVID-19-related leave
  • Providing special COVID-19-related leave for providers of in-home supportive services and waiver personal care services
  • Authorizing retroactive payments to employees who took unpaid leave for qualifying COVID-19-related reasons on or after January 1, 2021

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