California Brings Back Paid Covid-19 Sick Leave
On January 25, 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced a framework for an agreement to reactivate California’s COVID-19 paid supplemental sick leave through September 30, 2022. Although there is no official timeline as to when the official agreement will be effectuated, a few details about the tentative new law have been shared. First, the paid sick leave will be in effect through September 30, 2022. Second, the law would apply to businesses with 26 or more employees. Third, the agreement includes a proposal to restore business tax credits to offset the employer’s paid sick leave expenses. Fourth, employees would be entitled to the paid leave when having to take care of themself or a family-member with Covid-19. Fifth, full-time employees will be entitled up to 80 hours of paid-time off while part-time workers would be eligible for paid leave equal to the number of hours they typically work in a week. Lastly, under the deal, the COVID-19 sick leave would be retroactive and cover COVID-related absences since Jan. 1, 2022.