CA: California Counties Vote on Extending and Expanding Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

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On January 26, 2021, the counties of Los Angeles and Sonoma in California voted on the expansion and extension of California’s Supplemental Paid Sick Leave.


For Los Angeles, the County Board of Supervisors has voted to expand and extend the supplemental paid leave, which is applicable in LA County’s unincorporated areas. These expansions and extensions are retroactive to January 1, 2021, and will remain in effect until 2 weeks after the County’s COVID-19 local emergency ends.


Where this supplemental paid sick leave only applied to employers with 500+ employees, it now will apply to the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles for all employers of any size. This amended ordinance, however, provides that employees who have used all available Supplemental Leave and/or FFCRA emergency Paid Sick Leave are ineligible for additional leave. Further, this ordinance permits employers to offset the amount of LA County Supplemental leave that must be provided by the amount of leave that has been provided to the particular employee under the FFCRA.


For employers in Sonoma County, the Board of Supervisors has enacted an immediate extension of the Supplement Paid Sick Leave through June 30, 2021. This leave is not retroactive like Los Angeles County’s, and currently still applies to businesses in the County with over 500 employees. A hearing is set for February 9, 2021, to hear a proposal to expand use to smaller employers.


Additionally, nearly all local California supplemental paid sick leave laws from 2020 have been revived or extended for 2021: Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, San Mateo County, and Sonoma County. The only jurisdiction not yet to vote on this issue is Santa Rosa, which will do so at their February 2 meeting. California has not in its entirety introduced a proposal to reinstate or expand the state-wide emergency paid sick leave laws.


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