Back in March 2021, CA passed a law requiring businesses with 26 or more employees to provide up to 80 hours of paid sick leave for employees who had COVID, COVID symptoms, were under a quarantine order, who were caring after someone under a quarantine order, were receiving the vaccine, or were experiencing symptoms after receiving the vaccine. That requirement expired on September 30, 2021.
Just today, Governor Newsom announced plans to unveil a framework that renews this supplemental COVID leave policy. Under this framework, employees would continue to have access to paid sick leave through Sept. 30, 2022. It would be retroactive and cover COVID-19 absences starting January 1, 2022.
Workers at businesses with 26 or more employees who test positive for the virus, or have to care for a family member with COVID-19 would get up to two weeks of supplemental leave. Employees can receive up to 40 hours of additional paid sick leave for themselves, and another 40 hours if a worker or a family member they take care of tests positive.
Be prepared to dust off those Supplemental COVID Paid Leave Policy Addendums advise clients accordingly!