Governor Newsom Signs Supplemental COVID Sick Leave Bill

Newsom signs supplemental COVID Sick leave back into law, following the state legislature’s approval of the bill. Similar to the prior extended leave, employers with 26 or more employees will be required to give employees up to 2 weeks paid time off if they catch COVID. Eligible employees will receive up to 40 hours of paid time off if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, caring for a relative who tests positive for the virus, or are subject to quarantine or isolation orders. Employees can also get paid time off for getting the vaccine or a booster shot, and to recover from any potential side effects, but businesses can limit the total for that to 24 hours. The bill extends the paid time off through the beginning of this fall.