Supplemental Sick Leave Requirement for Onsite Workers

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Recently, California passed a law requiring employers with over 500 employees, as is Chapman University’s case, to implement COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave that is separate from an employee’s regular sick leave balance. This law only applies to employees who leave home to perform work, and are unable to work for any of the three following reasons: 

  1. The employee is subject to a federal, state, or local quarantine order related to COVID-19;
  2. A health care provider advises the employee to self-quarantine or self-isolate due to concerns related to COVID-19; and/or 
  3. The hiring entity prohibits the employee from working because of health concerns related to the COVID-19’s potential transmission. 

This law does not provide leave for employees to care for others, such as children whose schools closed for COVID-19-related reasons. 

Potentially impacted employees should consult with Tim Frenchcampbell, Wellness and Leaves Administrator, to determine if Supplemental Paid Sick Leave is applicable to their circumstance or if they have questions regarding Supplemental Paid Sick Leave. 

Qualifying full-time employees are entitled to 80 hours of supplemental paid sick leave. There is a prorated calculation for part-time employees. Unless extended or modified, this law is set to expire December 31, 2020, and it applies to all qualifying staff, faculty, and student employees that meet the described criteria.

Employees are reminded that the Daily Health Screening Survey should always be completed on any day that they are scheduled to report to campus for work.