2021 COVID-19 Supplemental Sick Leave

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Recently, California passed a law requiring employers with 25 employees or more, as is the case with Chapman University, to provide employees with a brand-new bank of supplemental paid sick leave for COVID-related reasons (SPSL). This SPSL is provided retroactively to January 1, 2021.

Employees may use SPSL if they are (or have been) unable to work or telework for any of the following reasons between January 1, 2021 and September 30, 2021:

  1. the employee is under a COVID-19 quarantine or isolation period based on a governmental order or guidelines;
  2. the employee is under self-quarantine for COVID-19 concerns based on advice from a health care provider;
  3. the employee is receiving a COVID-19 vaccine;
  4. the employee is experiencing COVID-19 vaccine side-effects;
  5. the employee is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis;
  6. the employee is caring for a family member who is subject to an order or guidelines described in bullet (1) above, or who has been advised to self-quarantine, as described in bullet (2) above.
  7. the employee is caring for a child whose school or place of care is closed or otherwise unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19 on the premises.

If you will be missing time due to one of the reasons listed above, you may report it in your timesheet for your supervisor’s approval. Additionally, if you miss (or have missed) five (5) or more days due to one of the reasons listed above, please contact our Wellness and Leaves Administrator, Tim Frenchcampbell, for further guidance.

If you have missed time due to one of the above reasons for a pay period that has already been reported (since January 1, 2021), please alert your supervisor that you will be resubmitting that time and follow these instructions to resubmit.

Full-time employees are entitled to 80 hours of supplemental paid sick leave. There is a prorated calculation for part-time employees based on expected weekly work hours/workload. Unless extended or modified, this law is set to expire September 30, 2021, and it applies to all staff, faculty, and student employees that meet the described criteria.

Retaliation or discrimination against a covered employee requesting or using COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave is strictly prohibited.

For further details or if you have any questions, please review the FAQ and Timesheet Resubmission Instructions page.