September 17, 2020
Authored by: Danielle Pajda
On September 9, California Governor Newsom signed a bill that establishes COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave (“COVID-19 PSL”) for California workers generally not covered by the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”).
Employers are required to begin providing COVID-19 PSL by September 19.
Employers must also post a notice in their workplace by September 19. If employees are not physically present in the workplace, the employer may disseminate the notice electronically.
Starting in the first pay period after September 9, employers must provide notice in a wage statement (or a separate writing provided on pay day) of an employee’s available COVID-19 PSL each pay period.
The requirement to provide COVID-19 PSL expires on December 31, 2020 or upon the expiration of any federal extension of the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act established by the FFCRA.
Covered Employers & Employees
California’s new law applies to private employers with 500 or more employees in the United States. It also applies to any public or private entity that employs health care providers or emergency responders and that has elected to exclude such employees from emergency paid sick leave under the FFCRA.
Workers are entitled to COVID-19 PSL only if they are (1) employed by a covered employer AND (2) leave home to perform work for their employer.
Reasons for Leave
Employees are entitled to COVID-19 PSL when they are unable to work because they:
- are subject to a federal, state, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID 19;
- are advised