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Updated Sick Leave Law

RETROACTIVE CHANGES TO PAID SICK LEAVE

On March 19, 2021, SB 95 brought back California COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave with some big changes. It is retroactive to January 1, 2021 and extends through September 30, 2021.

Covered employees in the public or private sectors who work for employers with more than 25 employees are entitled to up to 80 hours of COVID-19 related sick leave. This is a dramatic expansion from AB 1867, which applied to employers with 500 or more employees. Learn more HERE

The covered employee must be unable to work or telework due to any one of the following reasons:

  • Caring for Yourself:  The covered employee is subject to a quarantine or isolation period related to COVID-19 (see note below), or has been advised by a healthcare provider to quarantine due to COVID-19, or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis.
  • Caring for a Family Member: The covered employee is caring for a family member who is either subject to a quarantine or isolation period related to COVID-19 (see note below) or has been advised by a healthcare provider to quarantine due to COVID-19, or the employee is caring for a child whose school or place of care is closed or unavailable due to COVID-19 on the premises.
  • Vaccine-Related: The covered employee is attending a vaccine appointment or cannot work or telework due to vaccine-related symptoms.