COVID-19 Guidance and Resources

2021 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Expired on September 30, 2021

From January 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021, California required employers with 26 or more employees to provide their workers up to 80 hours of supplemental paid sick leave (SPSL) for COVID-19 related reasons. Employees taking 2021 SPSL as of September 30, 2021 may continue to take the leave they are currently on even if the entitlement extends past September 30, 2021. For more information, visit the Labor Commissioner’s webpage on the expiration of 2021 COVID-19 SPSL.
However, exclusion pay is still required under the COVID-19 Emergency Standards for workers who have to quarantine due to a COVID-19 workplace exposure. For more information visit: Exclusion Pay (ca.gov).

The COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards are still in effect. The workplace standards were updated on June 17, 2021 to include requirements for vaccinated and unvaccinated workers. In addition to these requirements, employers must follow public health orders on COVID-19. Local public health orders may require the use of face coverings by all individuals indoors regardless of vaccination status. Cal/OSHA also encourages employers to follow the California Department of Public Health's guidance recommending all individuals wear face coverings while indoors. More information on the COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards is available in Cal/OSHA's Frequently Asked Questions.

This site provides California workers and employers with resources and information to learn more about workers' rights and employers' obligations to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at work.

For Employers

Remember: All employers in California are required to take steps to protect their workers from COVID-19, including updating safety procedures, training employees on infection prevention, and adjusting practices and the workplace to prevent the spread of the virus at work.

January 2021