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California - COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Expanded

On September 9, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation (AB 1867) codifying Executive Order N-51-20, as detailed in our California Law Alerts - April 2020, which:

  • Mandates that a food employee working in any food facility must be permitted to wash their hands every 30 minutes as needed; and
  • Makes the COVID-19 food sector supplemental paid sick leave effective until December 31, 2020, or when any federal extension of the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act established by the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act expires, whichever occurs later.

The law also creates a new entitlement to COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave for persons employed as a health care provider or emergency responder. This new entitlement is also effective until December 31, 2020, or when any federal extension of the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act established by the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act expires, whichever occurs later. According to the Governor’s message, the law closes the gaps in paid sick days provided in federal law and the Governor's Executive Order by including employers with over 500 employees and public and private employers of first responders and health care employees who opted not to cover their employees under federal law. The law also allows the Labor Commissioner to cite workplaces for a lack of paid sick days.