By Molly Wood, SPHR, MAOL Senior HR Consultant
The California State Senate has drafted a bill that will extend Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL) for businesses with 26+ employees to the end of the year, rather than the previous September 30, 2022 expiration previously stated. Anyone who has been speaking with SDEA’s HR Consultants will not be surprised to hear this.
What is surprising is some of the concessions being offered to employers. Here is a list of things to be happy about regarding the extended SPSL:
- They didn’t wait until October 31 and make it retroactive! Yay!
- There is no “new bucket” of SPSL. Employees who have already used all available hours will need to use their regular Paid Sick Leave or other company provided paid time off if they unfortunate enough to get COVID again.
- The qualifications for leave have stayed the same, so you don’t have to go changing all your policies because the legislation decided that they want you to show SPSL used in Blue, SPSL available in Red, and regular Paid Sick Leave in Yellow (a joke, but couldn’t you just see it???)
- Employers can require documentation of a positive test for the employee to be eligible for the full 80 hours of SPSL.
- There will be an SPSL Relief Grant Program for certain California small businesses and non-profits. We are not sure what the criteria or procedures are to obtain these grants, but we will keep you posted.
SDEA members are provided unlimited consultation from our experienced HR Consultants, so if your brain is about to explode just thinking about this, give us a call and we can talk you through it. 858-505-0024
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