The Return of Supplemental Paid Sick Leave to Recover from COVID-19?
California Governor Gavin Newsom, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, and Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins reached an agreement on Tuesday to require employers to provide workers with up to two weeks of supplemental paid sick leave to recover from COVID-19 or care for a family member with the virus. If passed, this law would be retroactive from January 1, 2022, extend until September 30, 2022, and would apply to businesses with 26 or more employees.
While the agreement is not expected to be finalized for another few weeks, as reported, the current proposal would require employers to provide up to 40 hours of paid leave to full-time workers who are ill or caring for a sick loved one and require proof of a positive COVID-19 test to qualify for an additional 40 hours of paid time off. Part-time workers would be entitled to sick leave equal to the number of hours they typically work in a week or twice that amount with a positive test.
We expect employers to be concerned about this news because they will have to absorb the additional costs for paid time off for their employees. Happily, the proposal includes business tax credits that should help offset the cost of employers providing paid leave under the proposed law.
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