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File #: 21-665    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 8/20/2021 Departments: HUMAN RESOURCES
On agenda: 9/14/2021 Final action: 9/14/2021
Title: Adopt a resolution authorizing an amendment to the County's COVID-19 Emergency Sick Leave Policy in order to extend the date of its application to December 31, 2021.
Attachments: 1. 20210914_r_Amendment to COVID 19 Emergency Sick Leave Policy.pdf, 2. 20210914_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 Policy


RECOMMENDATION:
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Adopt a resolution authorizing an amendment to the County's COVID-19 Emergency Sick Leave Policy in order to extend the date of its application to December 31, 2021.

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BACKGROUND:
On March 19, 2021, California enacted a statewide law, SB 95, requiring most employers to provide up to two weeks of paid COVID-19 sick leave for employees who are unable to work or telework. The law provided for COVID-19 related sick leave from January 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021.

Your Board approved a policy substantially in line with the new state law. However, in some areas, the County's policy went beyond the minimum requirements of the California sick leave mandate. For instance, under specified circumstances the County's policy provides for sick leave hours and pay beyond the minimums required by the State.

Like the state law, the County's COVID-19 Emergency Sick Leave Policy is currently set to expire on September 30, 2021.

DISCUSSION:
As of the date of this memorandum, there is no federal or California legislation extending the period of application of COVID-19 related sick leave. However, the COVID-19 pandemic continues, and County employees may still require leave due to specified COVID-19 related reasons such as obtaining a vaccination, quarantine orders, experiencing of COVID-19 symptoms, contracting COVID-19 or caring for someone in the same situation.

As a result, the Human Resources Department is recommending an amendment extending the County's COVID-19 Emergency Sick Leave policy to December 31, 2021, which will allow employees to utilize any unused COVID-19 Emergency Sick Leave when needed. The extension will also allow ...

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