California Enacts New COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Entitlement Similar to FFCRA

As the federal government passed extended tax credits for Emergency Paid Sick Leave (“EPSL”) and Expanded Family Medical Leave (“EFMLA”) in March 2021 under the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARP”), California was busy crafting its own paid sick leave expansion. 

Shortly after passage of ARP, Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 95 into law, which codifies additional paid sick leave for most California workers in line with the requirements of the FFCRA and, thus, allows employers to take advantage of federal tax credits for providing EPSL under the same conditions as would have been mandated under the FFCRA were it still in effect. 

While the ARP extension is voluntary, employers with more than 25 employees will have to comply with California’s new sick leave entitlement. Employers providing in-home supportive services should contact us directly to discuss how their industry is treated differently in terms of providing COVID-19 paid sick leave in California.

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