Governor Newsom, lawmakers reach deal to bring COVID-19 Additional Paid Sick Leave through September – CBS San Francisco

SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) – Amid the omicron spike, COVID-19 paid sick leave is poised to return to California under an agreement between Governor Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders.

Based on a statement from Newsom’s officeThe agreement between the governor, Tempore Senator Toni Atkins and Speaker of Congress Anthony Rendon will restore additional paid sick leave through September 30. after the program expired at the end of last year.

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“Throughout this pandemic, we have come together to address the immediate impacts that COVID-19 continues to have on millions of California families, both at home and at work,” Newsom said. “By extending sick leave for frontline workers with COVID and providing support to California businesses, we can help protect the health of our workforce while ensuring that businesses and our economy can grow.”

Under the program, workers will have up to two weeks of additional paid sick leave due to COVID-19, when caring for themselves or a family member who is infected or required to be quarantined. The leave applies to all employers with 26 or more employees, including those with collective bargaining agreements.

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Labor groups, along with Bay Area lawmakers, have been cheering the deal.

“Make no mistake: today’s agreement happened because workers on the front lines of the pandemic demanded the safety of ourselves, our families and our communities. We’ve been vocal about the impossible choices we face without having enough sick time to recover from COVID-19 without our kids going hungry,” said Bob Schoonover, president of SEIU California. “We knew we couldn’t wait for employers to keep us safe – we had to campaign for ourselves, and Governor Newsom and lawmakers listened. “

State Senator Dave Cortese (D-San Jose) said, “After much campaigning, I’m proud to see paid sick leave policies expanded. Paid sick leave is one of our most important weapons against the virus to slow the spread, to keep our businesses running and to ensure our workers and their families. be safe and protected. ”

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The sick leave extension is part of a number of initial budget actions the Newsom administration announced Tuesday, including reinstating business tax credits restricted during the pandemic. recession, additional funding for the small business COVID-19 grant program, along with COVID-19 testing to add capacity and boost immunization efforts. Governor Newsom, lawmakers reach deal to bring COVID-19 Additional Paid Sick Leave through September – CBS San Francisco

Dustin Huang

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