Paid Sick Leave Extended for COVID Positive Employees

Governor Newsom agrees to restore California paid sick leave:

  • Employees will have access to 2 weeks paid time off when testing positive for COVID-19.
  • The new leave program will be retroactive to January 1, 2022 and extended through September 30, 2022.
  • The new program ONLY covers employers with 26 or more employees.

Who can use the leave?

  • Any full-time employee of a company that has 26 or more workers is entitled to 40 hours of paid leave due to COVID-19.
  • That doesn’t cover getting the vaccine or recovering from side effects. In that instance, the employee gets 24 hours.

What steps does an employee need to take to get paid?

  • Show proof that they or a family member has tested positive.
  • To prevent possible fraud by employees, employers must pay and provide the test.
  • If the employee refuses to take the test or show a positive test result, no additional sick leave will be granted.
  • Anyone who tests positive should quarantine for five days, regardless of vaccination status.

What do businesses get?

  • Businesses will have to absorb the costs, but tax credits and federal relief grants will hopefully be restored.