On March 19, 2021, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 95, which extends and expands the requirement for employers to provide supplemental paid sick leave to employees affected by COVID-19. The law places new paid leave requirements on most California employers, and it requires their immediate attention. Gov. Newsom explained the reason for the new law: “Paid sick leave gives workers the time they need to care for themselves and loved ones while keeping their co-workers, families, and community safe.” The law takes effect immediately, but includes a 10-day grace period for employers to start providing sick leave. Employers must begin providing the leave on March 29, 2021. The new law applies retroactively to Jan. 1, 2021, and will remain in effect until Sept. 30, 2021. It’s enforced by the California Labor Commissioner.
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Do You Know About the Latest Changes to the California Family Rights Act?
Until now, under both the California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”) and its federal counterpart, the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), employees have been able to obtain leave on behalf of only a limited number of family members. Under the new law, employees would also be able to request leave on behalf of their adult children, grandparents, grandchildren and siblings with serious health conditions. Employers should be aware of these additional family members on whose behalf an employee may request leave.
On March 14, 2020, the House passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201). On March 18, 2020, the Senate passed the bill which was largely revised from its original form. President Trump signed it into law the same day. The effective dates of these provisions are from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.