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FAQ Topic: Emergencies

How is pay determined while on SPSL?

Compensation is based on the employee’s regular rate of pay, excluding overtime, capped at $511 per day ($5,110 in total).  If an employee’s regular compensation exceeds $511 per day, the employee may elect to supplement the SPSL maximum pay amount with other accrued paid leaves to make up the difference in pay.

If I test positive, do I need to retest to return to work?

Employees receiving SPSL after a positive COVID test are required to test on day five, following the initial positive test.  If you test negative for COVID-19 on or after day five and do not present COVID-19 symptoms, you may end your isolation period and return to work.  HR will provide a rapid test upon request … Continued

What if I test Positive for COVID? I don’t see that listed in 1-7 above.

In addition to the leave amounts described above, SB 114 also grants employees a separate “leave bank” of SPSL if the covered employee tests positive for COVID-19, or is caring for a family member (child, a parent, spouse, registered domestic partner, grandparent, grandchild, or sibling) who tested positive for COVID-19. In the case of a … Continued

For what reason can I request the new COVID Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL)?

The law requires that covered employers provide SPSL to any employee who cannot work or telework due to symptom/quarantine/vaccine related to COVID-19 as noted below: 1. The employee is subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19. 2. The employee been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine … Continued

20. How much Emergency Paid Sick Leave are Temp/Seasonal employees eligible to request?

Most work for Temp/Seasonal employees has been suspended as of March 17.  Employees are eligible to use their earned sick leave accruals up to the maximum of 24 hours over a 12-month period per the City’s Paid Sick Time Policy for Temporary Employees. Employees may also apply for Unemployment online through EDD.  A reduction in hours is not a qualifying reason under the Emergency Paid Sick leave provision of … Continued

19. When am I eligible for paid sick leave based on a “substantially similar condition” specified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has not yet identified any “substantially similar condition” that would allow an employee to take paid sick leave. If HHS does identify any such condition, the Department of Labor will issue guidance explaining when you may take paid sick leave on the basis of a “substantially … Continued

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