California has enacted a new supplemental paid sick leave law requiring employers with more than 25 employees to provide them with up to 80 hours of paid leave for specific COVID-19-related reasons. The requirement takes effect on Feb. 19, 2022, but it is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2022. California previously had a similar law in effect that expired on Sept. 30, 2021.
Compensation is limited to $511 per day and a total of $5,110 per worker.
The new law applies to employers with more than 25 employees. Employees are covered if they are unable to work or telework for an employer because of:
Workers are also entitled to the leave if they or a family member they care for tests positive for COVID-19.
Full-time employees receive 40 hours of the leave for reasons one through five above, plus 40 more hours for positive COVID-19 testing. Part-time and variable-hours employees receive an amount calculated according to their work schedule, as do firefighters. Supplemental paid sick leave must be provided in addition to any accrued paid sick time required under California law.
Jan. 1, 2022
California’s new COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave requirement is retroactive to this date.
Feb. 19, 2022
California’s new COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave requirement takes effect.
Sept. 30, 2022
New COVID-19 supplemental paid leave requirement expires.
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