Oakland– The Labor Commissioner has published a required poster in the workplace and frequently asked questions about 2022 COVID-19 Supplementary paid sick leave. The new law comes into force on February 19 for employers with 26 or more employees.
“One goal of my office is to ensure that workers in California know their rights and that employers have the resources they need to comply with state labor laws,” said Labor Commissioner Lilia García-Brower. “Supplemental paid sick leave is a critical tool to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace and save lives.”
The available resources include:
- Workplace poster required (English,
- Frequently asked questions about the new law (EnglishSpanish coming soon)
On February 9, 2022, Governor Newsom signed Senate Act 114, which requires employers with 26 or more employees to provide supplemental paid sick leave for specific COVID-19-related reasons. The Act has retroactive effect until 1 January 2022 and will remain in force until 30 September 2022. Qualified employers are obliged to provide up to 80 hours of COVID-19 Supplementary Paid Sick Leave, with 40 of these hours only available when the employee or their family member tests positive for COVID-19. COVID-19 Supplementary paid sickness absence is in addition to ordinary paid sickness absence.
Department of Industrial Relations’ Department of Labor Enforcement (California Office of the Labor Commissioner) combats wage theft and unfair competition by investigating allegations of illegal and unfair business practices.
In 2020, the Labor Commissioner’s Office launched an interdisciplinary outreach campaign, “Reaching Every Californian.” The campaign strengthens basic protection and builds roads for affected populations so that workers and employers understand legal protections and obligations and the Labor Commissioner’s enforcement procedures. Californians can follow the Labor Commissioner further Facebook and Twitter.
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