2021 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

Governor Newsom signed COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SB 95) into law on March 19, 2021. It takes effect on March 29, 2021 and will be applied going back to January 1, 2021. It expires on September 30, 2021.

 

It provides California employees with 2 weeks of paid sick leave when they cannot work for reasons related to COVID-19. To qualify, you must work for an employer with more than 25 employees.

 

What does COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave provide?

2 weeks of fully paid leave, up to $511/day. These are in addition to California Paid Sick Days and any paid sick leave you took in 2020.

 

What can I use COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for?

  • It provides paid leave if you cannot work or telework because:
    • You are subject to a quarantine or isolation order due to COVID-19.
    • You were advised by a healthcare provider to quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19.
    • You are attending an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
    • You are recovering from symptoms of a COVID-19 vaccine.
    • You are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis.
    • You are caring for a family member who has COVID-19, or who has been advised to self-quarantine.
    • You are caring for a child whose school or place of care is closed or otherwise unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19 on the premises.

When can I take COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave?

Although it takes effect on March 29, 2021, it applies going back to January 1, 2021. If you already took leave in 2021 for COVID-19, you can ask your employer to pay you for the time you were out of work, up to 2 weeks. They should pay you in your next pay period. COVID-19 SPSL will expire on September 30, 2021.

 

What support is available for employers?

Under the federal American Rescue Plan, private employers with fewer than 500 employees and state and local government employers can get refundable tax credits to cover the cost of COVID-19 paid sick leave.

 

*Citizenship or immigration status do not affect eligibility for COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave.