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California Employers Cannot Forget Local Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Yet

In September, when Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1867, employers hoped that the state-wide COVID-19 Supplemental Leave was a replacement for the patchwork of local ordinances. However, due to differences in coverage, many employers are faced with complying with the more stringent local ordinances. In particular, many local ordinances allow an employee to take paid leave to care for a family member if their school or place of care is closed due to COVID-19.  AB 1867 does not provide leave for this purpose.

The local ordinances also have other differences that employers need to consider.  One of the biggest is when they expire.  AB 1867 provides that its leave provisions will sunset on the later of December 31, 2020, or expiration of any federal extension of the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act established by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”).  However, several local ordinances differ, including the City of Los Angeles ordinance (2 weeks after the expiration of the COVID-19 local emergency period) and the San Francisco ordinance (currently December 12, 2020, unless extended by the Board of Supervisors).   Other ordinances, including the City of OaklandCity of San Diego, and County of Los Angeles contain language which allow for extensions beyond December 31, 2020, if approved by elected officials.

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Cepideh Roufougar, Employment Attorney, Jackson Lewis Law Firm
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Cepideh Roufougar is a Principal in the San Francisco, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C.

She focuses on public and private sector management in all areas of labor and employment law. Ms. Roufougar positions herself as a strategic partner when providing advice and counsel about litigation avoidance, employee management issues, implementing disciplinary actions, collective bargaining issues, and the California Public Safety Officers and Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights Acts. Her ability to see the big picture clearly and understand her client’s...

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