California Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Law SB-95
Recently, Governor Gavin Newsom made it a requirement for California employers with more than 25 employees nationally to provide their employees with up to 80 hours of COVID 19 related paid leave. The law took effect on March 29, 2021. It is retroactive to January 1, 2021, and expires on September 30, 2021. This bill covers more employers and requires paid sick leave for more reasons than the federal Families First Coronavirus Relief Act which expired on December 31, 2020. Here’s the bill
COVID 19 Testing And Vaccination
California law states that an employer must pay for the time it takes for testing or vaccination because such time would constitute “hours worked,” and the employer cannot require a worker to use paid leave time for these tasks. Also, if an employer expressly requires workers to obtain a COVID 19 test or vaccination, the employer must pay for the test or vaccination.
Guidance about COVID 19 testing and vaccination is included in an updated “Guide to COVID 19 Related Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)” for California employers. The California Department of Industrial Relations has released this guide which includes information about the Supplemental Paid Sick Leave law and COVID 19 vaccination and testing. Here is a link to the FAQs
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