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California Cities and Counties Expanding Pandemic-Related Benefits

In response to COVID-19, a growing number of California cities and counties have issued expanded paid sick leave laws primarily targeting employers exempt from the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
To our knowledge, and as of May 29, 2020:

City   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 Employers with 500 or more employees nationwide. May 19, 2020  Until further notice Long Beach’s website
 Los Angeles 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

City of Los Angeles’ guidance 

Los Angeles County (unincorporated areas) Employers with 500 or more employees nationwide.  April 28, 2020 December 31, 2020 Los Angeles County’s website
Oakland All 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
San Diego All employers regardless of size. April 28, 2020 Until further notice San Diego’s website
San Francisco City and County 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 Employers with 500 or more employees and small businesses of 50 or fewer. April 7, 2020 December 31, 2020  San Jose’s Notice

California also issued a statewide April 1, 2020 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Order (and mandatory poster) for food sector employers with 500 or more employees.

While this is a start for employers and employees affected by these new standards, steady change has been a constant in response to changing pandemic conditions. 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

May 29, 2020