COVID-19 sickness benefits have helped many residents across California when it comes to being exposed to COVID-19 or having the virus. But after this week, some people fear that they will end up with the burden of taking time off that they cannot afford.
Additional sick leave for COVID-19, a law that came into effect in California in early March 2021, required companies with more than 25 employees to offer 80 hours of additional sick leave for COVID-19. This included quarantine and the side effects of the vaccines.
The additional sick leave related to COVID-19 is expected to end this Thursday.
âNow of course we have that ending so the questions from all of our customers are, what happens after this week? Said Sandra Dickerson, CEO of Your People Professionals.
According to Dickerson, with federal COVID-19 sickness benefits expiring and employers no longer able to offset tax credits, it becomes a direct expense for businesses – something many cannot afford.
That doesn’t mean COVID-19 sickness benefits are completely gone.
âWhat we still have and what small businesses need to assess is that as of this Friday, we still have Cal / OSHA’s temporary emergency standard,â Dickerson said.
This means that those who become ill or exposed to COVID-19 in the workplace can be paid for their time. It won’t cover an employee who falls ill outside of the workplace, leading some residents to fear that it is too early.
“A lot of people get sick. They need the money even if they can’t go to work and if they don’t pay for it, maybe people will be tempted to go to work anyway,” he said. said Kathy Bachmann, resident of Orcutt.
With the children returning to class, a potential exposure causing a parent’s absence from work could financially affect many families. Dickerson adds, in this case, other applicable leave laws may work.
âThis has been the challenge in a lot of things. There is no black and white answer for every situation. There are a lot of nuances and a lot of inquiries to consider and assess which is applicable in each situation. because they’re not all the same, âDickerson said.