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FAQ Topic: COVID19 Employee FAQ's

Is Catastrophic leave available for employees who do not have leave accruals?

The City’s Catastrophic Leave Policy applies to an illness or event that is expected to preclude an employee from returning to work for an extended period of time.  At this time, the 2-week quarantine period is not considered an “extended” period of time.  Medical absences of longer than 30 days, may be eligible for Catastrophic Leave donations … Continued

I think (or know) that my coworker was out sick for him/herself or was caring for a family member who was sick. How do I know the employee is healthy?

We understand that employees may wish to know whether a coworker was ill due to COVID-19, the flu, a cold or some other reason.  The City, though, is not entitled to ask for diagnosis information from employees.  The City will follow the County Public Health Officer’s direction in order to insure all employees who may have been … Continued

Will I be called to serve as a Disaster Service Worker?

As a City employee, we all took an oath as a Disaster Service Worker and you may be called upon to serve in this capacity. We are working closely with the County EOC and identifying the needs of the community which are changing daily. Every employee should be available to be reached via phone during … Continued

What about scheduled training for work?

Based on the recent Governor’s order, all work-related travel and training should be cancelled. Please work with the vendors in order to receive reimbursement and/or credit for later use. 

Do I qualify for California unemployment insurance benefits or State Disability Income?

California’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) program pays benefits to workers who have lost their job and meet the program’s eligibility requirements. Temp employees that have experienced a reduction in hours may be eligible for unemployment benefits and should visit the State EDD website for more information. State Disability Insurance (SDI) provides short-term benefit payments to eligible … Continued

Do I qualify under the federal or state family medical leave acts?

If you test positive for COVID-19, or are caring for a family member who tested positive for COVID-19, you qualify for federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and California Family Rights Act (CFRA) leave because the condition constitutes a “serious health condition” and your absence from work will be designated as protected leave under FMLA/CFRA. … Continued

What if I wish to be off work for personal reasons?

If an employee wishes to be off work for personal reasons unrelated to illness, caring for a child or other qualified reason under the Families First Act, they may request vacation, comp or other leave time.  As with any leave request (other than sick), this would require your manager’s and/or department director’s approval. If the … Continued

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