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California Governor Signs New 80-Hour COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Law

Beginning March 29, 2021, California employers with more than 25 employees nationally will have to pay their California employees with up to 80 hours of COVID-19–related paid leave. On March 19, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB) 95, which creates new California Labor Code Sections 248.2 and Section 248.3. As we previously explained, the new legislation covers more employers and requires paid sick leave for many more reasons than did the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the California COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave statute that expired on December 31, 2020.

Among the many reasons for which an employee can take COVID supplemental paid sick leave are (1) attending an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine; (2) being under a government-ordered COVID-19 quarantine or a health care provider instructed self quarantine; and (3) caring for a family member, including parents-in-law, grandparents, grandchildren, and siblings who are under a quarantine order or whom a health care provider has advised to self-quarantine.

The leave is retroactive to January 1, 2021, and the statute expires on September 30, 2021.

Our recent article, “California Legislature Sends New COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Bill to Governor for Signature,” includes a complete list of reasons for which an employee can take the new leave, how to calculate the amount and pay rate of the leave, compliance suggestions, and other important information about SB 95.

© 2021, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., All Rights Reserved.National Law Review, Volume XI, Number 80
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Charles Thompson, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Employment Law Attorney
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Charles L. Thompson IV counsels and defends employers in wrongful termination, discrimination, and other employment-related matters.  These areas include trade secrets and unfair competition, California and federal leaves of absence, ADA compliance, and wage and hour compliance.

Charles also represents employers in traditional labor law matters. He advises and represents employers in collective bargaining. He also represents employers in matters before the National Labor Relations Board, including in unfair labor practice and representation...

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Leslie E. Wallis Employment Attorney Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart Los Angeles, CA
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Leslie Wallis has represented employers in all aspects of employment law. Leslie joined Ogletree Deakins in 2007 as part of the merger of Ogletree Deakins and Lewis Fisher Henderson & Claxton, a labor and employment law firm with offices in Tennessee, Mississippi and California. Leslie also served as in-house counsel at a financial institution representing the bank in a broad range of litigation matters, including trial work as well as monitoring outside counsel for the bank as both plaintiff and defendant in breach of contract, real property disputes, commercial transactions,...

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