On March 19, 2021, the Governor signed Senate Bill 95 and is effective January 1, 2021 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL).
The new COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave applies to all employers with more than 25 employees. Here is a link to the Labor Commissioner’s model notice. The Model notice will be sent via courier early next to each location to be posted in lunchroom or office areas. The new California COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave expires on September 30, 2021. Please refer to the California Labor Commissioner’s COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave FAQs.
All employees working for covered employers are eligible for leave. SB 95 increases the number of qualifying reasons for which employees can take leave. Now, employees may take paid sick leave if they are unable to work or telework because they are:
- Is subject to a quarantine or isolation period related to COVID-19 as defined by federal, state , or local orders or guidelines.
- Has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19.
- Is attending an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
- Is experiencing symptoms related to a COVID-19 vaccine that prevents the employee from being able to work or telework.
- Is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis.
- Is caring for a family member who is subject to an order or guidelines or who has been advised to self-quarantine.
- Caring for a child whose school or place of care is closed for COVID-19 reasons.
Full-time employees are eligible for 80 hours of COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave (SPSL) for specific COVID-related absences. SB 95 calculates the amount of pay at the employee’s “regular rate,” but it does not require an employer to pay out more than $511 per day or $5,110 in aggregate to an employee in supplemental paid sick leave benefits.
Part-time employees are eligible for an amount of leave equal to the number of hours they are normally scheduled to work.
The leave time is retroactive to January 1, 2021 and is available for use through September 30, 2021. Employees will be required to mark your timecard and wen reporting absence in Frontline as “SPSL” Supplemental Paid Sick Leave.
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