Cities and Counties Requiring Paid Sick Leave Above and Beyond Federal Limits

The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires most businesses with fewer than 500 employees to provide emergency paid sick leave benefits for workers affected by COVID-19. For example, covered employers must provide 80 hours of paid sick leave for full-time employees and two weeks of average hours worked for part-time employees who cannot work or telework for any one of six COVID-19 related reasons. See, Federal Coronavirus Workplace Relief (March 23, 2020).

With the pandemic persisting in California, local governments continue to issue emergency ordinances for workers to supplement FFCRA benefits.  Since our initial posting — Paid Sick Leave Going Viral (May 29, 2020) — we count two more California cities and one county joining the list.

To our knowledge, and as of July 22, 2020:

City or County Covered Employers  Effective Date  Expiration Date   Other Resources
Emeryville* All employers regardless of size  April 1, 2020  December 31, 2020 Emeryville’s website
Long Beach Private employers with 500 or more employees nationwide.  May 19, 2020  Until further notice Long Beach’s website
Los Angeles* Private employers with 500 or more employees within the city, or 2,000 or more nationwide.  May 29, 2020  Until two calendar    weeks after the  expiration of the  COVID19 local      emergency period

City of Los Angeles’ rules and regulations

Los Angeles County (unincorporated areas) Private employers with 500 or more employees nationwide.  April 28, 2020  December 31, 2020 Los Angeles County’s website
Oakland Private employers regardless of size (except for those with fewer than 50 employees between February 3, 2020 and March 4, 2020).  May 12, 2020  December 31, 2020

Oakland’s website

Sacramento All employers with 500 or more employees nationwide.  July 15, 2020  December 31, 2020 Sacramento City’s website
City of San Diego* All employers regardless of size  April 28, 2020  Until further notice

San Diego’s website

San Francisco City and County Private employers with 500 or more employees worldwide.  April 17, 2020  Until further notice San Francisco’s FAQs

San Francisco’s Guidance

San Francisco’s Notice

San Jose Private employers with 500 or more employees and small businesses of 50 or fewer.  April 7, 2020  December 31, 2020 San Jose’s Notice
San Mateo County Private employers with 500 or more employees within the United States.  July 8, 2020  December 31, 2020 San Mateo County’s  FAQs
 Santa Rosa All private employers regardless of size.  July 7, 2020  December 31, 2020 Santa Rosa City’s website


*Ordinances for the cities of Emeryville, Los Angeles and San Diego require employers to  allow covered employees to use any accrued sick leave benefits for COVID-19 related reasons.

California has issued a statewide April 16, 2020 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Order (and mandatory poster) for food sector employers with 500 or more employees.

Please check the above links and other online resources for any updates.

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For more information about these laws or other employment issues related to COVID-19, contact Tim BowlesCindy Bamforth or Helena Kobrin.

Cindy Bamforth

July 23, 2020

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