From January 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021, California requires employers with 26 or more employees to provide their workers up to 80 hours of supplemental paid sick leave (SPSL) for COVID-19 related reasons. Employers must provide this paid time off for employees who need to stay home due to COVID-19 illness or exposure, caring for a family member, a COVID-19 test or vaccine, recovering from side effects, and more.

In a July 2021 ruling, California’s Labor Commissioner levied $448,000 worth of fines against three El Super grocery stores for violations of California’s COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave (SPSL) laws. After receiving complaints from El Super employees and a referral from the worker’s labor union, an investigation was launched by the Division of Labor Standards (DLSE) resulting in substantial fines.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that California’s Assembly Bill 51, which would make it unlawful for California employers to require applicants and employees to sign arbitration agreements as a condition of employment, is not preempted by the Federal Aviation Act (FAA). The court lifted a lower court’s injunction that has barred the law from taking effect since 2019. 

Jason Resnick

A new directive from the White House has the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) tasked with implementing a new emergency rule mandating that employers with 100+ employees require their workforce to be vaccinated or require unvaccinated employees to produce negative COVID-19 tests on a weekly basis. Building on earlier vaccination-related mandates – requiring all federal workers to be vaccinated and initiating mandatory vaccinations for employees of federal contractors – President Biden continues to push forward his pandemic recovery battle plan.

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