Continuing our series on COVID-19 and the ever-changing employment atmosphere, California workers who’ve tested positive for Omicron after exhausting their sick pay are hopeful for supplemental assistance. With the last COVID-19 sick leave having ended in September 2021, Gov. Gavin Newsom has collaborated with state lawmakers to require another wave of supplemental payments through September 30, 2022.
According to the framework, full-time workers at companies of less than 26 employees can receive up to 40 hours of additional COVID-19 sick leave, plus another 40 hours to care for a family member who has tested positive. The proposal allows employees to use this time to receive a vaccine, booster, or to recover from any symptoms.
The revival of COVID-19 sick leave comes as a response to the recent Omicron surge that has skyrocketed daily infection counts since late 2021. Employers will have to absorb the costs of distributing sick leave to workers, though the framework includes a restoration of suspended tax credits. This serves to subsidize company costs for sick leave – an especially valuable offer for restaurants, small businesses, and Ma & Pa shops that have been set back by the pandemic’s economic impact.
Another industry that will benefit from an extra round of COVID-19 sick leave is education. The California Teachers Association supported Newsom’s new framework, as it ensures that educators will be able to stay home, recover, and receive a vaccine or booster before returning to the classroom. With thousands of students and teachers having tested positive over recent months, more supplemental COVID-19 sick pay will relieve the pressure on teachers to choose between potentially spreading the virus to their students or staying home without pay. It’s anticipated that providing extra sick days to frontline workers will allow them to stay home, rest up, and receive the care they require, while helping educators keep themselves and their students safe from infection.
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Twice-named a U.S. News Best Lawyer in America for employment and labor law, Angela Reddock-Wright is an employment and labor law attorney, mediator, arbitrator, and certified workplace and Title IX investigator (AWI-CH) in Los Angeles, CA. Known as the “Workplace Guru,” Angela is an influencer and leading authority on employment, workplace/HR, Title IX, hazing, and bullying issues. Furthermore, she’s been named a “Top California Employment Lawyer” by the Daily Journal and one of Los Angeles’ “Most Influential Minority and Women Attorneys” by the Los Angeles Business Journal.
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