On March 19, 2021, Governor Newsom signed SB 95, which will place additional requirements on employers to provide supplemental paid sick leave to employees impacted by COVID-19. The new law goes into effect on March 29, 2021 and is set to expire on September 30, 2021. The new law dramatically expands the number of employees eligible for COVID-19 paid sick leave, expands the reasons an employee may take paid sick leave, and applies retroactively to January 1, 2021, which will require some employers who previously granted employees unpaid leave for COVID-19 related reasons to retroactively compensate those employees.
SB 95 requires public and private California employers with more than 25 employees nationwide to provide employees up to 80 hours of COVID-19 related supplemental paid sick leave. All employers in California with more than 25 employees nationwide should review SB 95 and analyze its impact upon the employer’s supplemental paid sick leave requirements.
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