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File #: 21-136    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 1/21/2021 Departments: HUMAN RESOURCES
On agenda: 2/23/2021 Final action: 2/23/2021
Title: Adopt a resolution authorizing an amendment to the County's COVID-19 Emergency Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Policy in order to extend the date of its application to May 1, 2021.
Attachments: 1. 20210223_r_Amendment to COVID 19 Emergency Sick Leave Policy.pdf, 2. 20210223_att_Amendment to COVID 19 Emergency Sick Leave Policy.pdf
Special Notice / Hearing: None__
Vote Required: Majority

To: Honorable Board of Supervisors
From: Rocio Kiryczun, Human Resources Director
Michelle Kuka, Employee Relations Manager

Subject: Resolution Authorizing an Amendment to the County's COVID-19 Emergency Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Policy

RECOMMENDATION:
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Adopt a resolution authorizing an amendment to the County's COVID-19 Emergency Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Policy in order to extend the date of its application to May 1, 2021.

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BACKGROUND:
Due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, the Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) created mandatory paid leave for certain employees in the form of Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency Family Medical Leave. The FFCRA provided up to 2 weeks of paid sick leave to employees for COVID-19 related reasons and paid FMLA leave for school and child care closures related to COVID-19 from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

The County Board of Supervisors previously ratified a County policy providing County employees with Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency Family Medical Leave pursuant to the FFCRA.

In some areas, the County's policy went beyond the minimum requirements of the FFCRA. For instance, under specified circumstances the County's policy provides for sick leave hours and pay beyond the minimums required by the FFCRA.

However, like FFCRA Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency Family Leave, the County's policy was initially only effective from April 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020. Recognizing that employees might require additional leave in 2021 and in the absence of Federal legislation extending application of the law, the County extended the application of its own policy to February 23, 2021.

DISCUSSION:
As of the date of this memorandum, the Federal Government has not passed any legislation extending the period of application of th...

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