Companies with 25 or fewer staff in unincorporated Marin County should now present paid sick depart to staff who miss work due to the pandemic.
The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to undertake the mandate throughout its assembly on Tuesday.
“This laws is supposed to help our efforts to scale back the unfold of COVID-19,” Marin County Administrator Matthew Hymel advised supervisors. “It enhances a few of our earlier efforts round rental help and the emergency help for COVID-positive low-income residents.”
The ordinance sunsets on Sept. 30, after which a federal tax credit score to reimburse companies for the price of offering the sick depart will now not be out there.
“This ordinance due to this fact is a cost-covered car to make sure the protection of small enterprise staff,” stated Supervisor Damon Connolly.
The Households First Coronavirus Response Act, signed into legislation on March 18, 2020, assured paid sick depart for sure staff unable to work due to the well being disaster. When that legislation expired on the finish of December, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act, which prolonged the tax credit score however not the mandate that employers present paid sick depart.
On March 19, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Invoice 95, which requires all employers with greater than 25 staff to offer COVID-19-related paid sick depart to staff by way of Sept. 30.
“This ordinance establishes parity by assuring that staff of small companies can take vital precautions to forestall the unfold of COVID,” Connolly stated.
Supervisor Dennis Rodoni stated, “That is merely a gap within the security web that we’re closing with this motion.”
Beneath the brand new rule, a full-time worker scheduled to work 40 or extra hours per week is granted as much as 80 hours of supplemental paid sick depart. Half-time staff who work fewer than 40 hours per week are eligible for an quantity of sick depart that’s no higher than their common variety of hours in a two-week interval, calculated over the prior six months.
Staff don’t must be sick with COVID-19 to qualify for the profit. They’re additionally eligible if they’re underneath quarantine for COVID-19; caring for somebody who’s ailing or quarantining because of COVID-19; have to look after a senior or youngster whose regular caretaker or faculty is closed because of COVID-19; or attending an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination.
“This difficulty actually does have an effect on largely low-wage staff, largely ladies of shade,” stated Maddy Hirshfield, political director for the North Bay Labor Council. “The system we’ve got forces individuals to go to work sick, which is a public well being difficulty in the most effective of occasions. Throughout a pandemic it’s a public nightmare.”
Pedro Conceição, an organizer for SEIU-United Healthcare Employees, stated, “Most California low-wage staff have not more than three paid sick days which are mandated by the state, and solely 25% of personal sector staff obtain not less than 10 paid sick days yearly. We strongly consider that no employee ought to be pressured to decide on between working whereas they’re sick and taking unpaid sick days.”
Rollie Katz, government director of the Marin Affiliation of Public Staff, stated, “Hopefully we’ll get Marin cities to undertake this as nicely.”
Officers in San Rafael and Novato stated there aren’t any plans to think about the same measure.