On March 19, 2021, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 95 into law requiring most California employers to provide up to 80 hours of COVID-19 supplemental paid sick...
On Tuesday a deal was struck between Gov. Newsom and California lawmakers to provide a new Supplemental Sick Leave similar to the one that expired on September 30. Those who follow my webinars may recall I predicted this would occur in delayed fashion after the 9/30 expiration (e.g. the March 2021 retroactive extension), but this was well beyond any predicted delay. Although not yet in final form, here are the components we expect:
- Applies to employers with 26+ employees;
- Provides up to 2 weeks (80 hours) of paid leave to care for yourself or family with COVID and other qualifying reasons (e.g. children school closures) as the previous leave permitted;
- The first 40 hours are flexible, but to be eligible for the additional 40, proof of a positive test will be required;
- Potential tax credits for employers to absorb the financial burden;
- Retroactive to 1/1/22 - not 9/30/21;
- Expires 9/30/22.
Until then, take a deep breath and prepare for the latest COVID hustle to get compliant!