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Know your COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Rights in California

The California requirement to provide Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL) for COVID-19 related reasons expired on December 31, 2020.  If you have a claim for a violation of the law that occurred prior to December 31, 2020, your claim will be heard. More information on the SPSL expiration is available on the Labor Commissioner’s webpage.

Paid Sick Leave Options 

California’s Paid Sick Leave law, which came into effect in 2015, provides for paid time off from your employer that can be used for COVID or non-COVID related illnesses and for preventive care. Most workers are entitled to paid sick leave, earning one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked. The sick leave that employers are required to provide is capped at 24 hours or three days per year. To qualify for sick leave, a worker must work for the employer for at least 30 days within a year and complete a 90-day employment period before taking any sick leave. An employer may satisfy its obligation to provide sick leave by providing employees 24 hours or three days of sick leave at the beginning of each year. Employers can decide to provide more generous leave. Additional information on how it applies to COVID-19.

Contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our California labor and employment lawyers if you believe your rights have been violated.

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