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Statewide COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Expired Dec. 31; Many Local Ordinances Continue

For chief compliance officers, in-house general counsel & legal staff, human resources professionals, risk managers 

California’s COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave (SPSL) officially expired on Dec. 31. The labor commissioner’s website notes “that workers taking SPSL as of December 31, 2020, may continue to take the leave they are currently on even if the entitlement extends past December 31, 2020. For example, an employee who exhibited symptoms and was recommended to isolate on December 28, 2020, may continue to utilize the SPSL they would be entitled to even if that isolation is required to extend into 2021, and be paid for the time according to the requirements of the SPSL law.” 

The Legislature returns on Jan. 11 and could introduce legislation to resurrect some form of COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave. CHA will provide updates as they occur. 

It is also important to note that several local jurisdictions have enacted COVID-19 supplemental paid leave over the past year and have extended those local ordinances. For example, the City and County of San Francisco extended its supplemental paid sick leave requirements into 2021, as did Sacramento County, among others. Other localities, such as the city of Los Angeles and the city of Long Beach, have ordinances that continue into 2021.