Labor Commissioner’s 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).

California’s labor laws require employers to pay employees at least the minimum wage, provide meal and rest breaks, pay overtime, and provide paid sick leave. The Labor Commissioner’s Office has posted the following resources to help workers and employers be aware of and comply with changes in the law regarding supplemental paid sick leave during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Labor Commissioner’s Office has information on how to report labor law violations, educational materials on paid sick leave and other COVID-19 related resources below. We recommend workers and employers review these so that they are aware of their rights and responsibilities under the law.