2021 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

The California Legislature and Governor Newsom have passed a new "2021 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave" law which makes this Sick Leave mandatory of all employers with over 25 employees, effective March 29. A covered employee may take this leave if the employee is unable to work or telework for COVID-related reasons, including vaccine appointments or illness due to vaccination symptoms.

This is Supplemental Paid Sick Leave, and is separate from your regular sick leave bank, though you need to be sure to inform your Employer that you are taking sick leave under the provisions of this state law.

See here for a full fact sheet. Note that it says that if you took COVID-related sick leave from Jan. 1, 2021-March 29, 2021, you qualify under this law and should make an oral or written request to your employer for reimbursement of your sick bank hours.

If you have any questions, contact our Local 800 AFSCME Representative Gary Guthman (213- 248-0381) ([email protected]), or your shop steward or an Executive Board representative.