SACRAMENTO – Among the bills signed Wednesday by California Governor Gavin Newsom is AB 1867, a bill that immediately extends critical paid sick leave protection to the state workforce.
Building on historic early steps to extend paid sick days to food workers at the start of this crisis, this legislation means that any California employee who has been exposed to COVID-19 or tested positive will have access to paid sick days for the remainder of the 2020 calendar year.
FROM 1867, A budget trailer law closes the gaps in paid sick days provided for in federal law and the governor's executive order by including employers with more than 500 employees, as well as public and private employers of first aiders and healthcare workers who choose to do so have decided not to insure their employees under federal law.
The bill also allows the California labor officer to cite jobs for lack of paid sick leave, an important enforcement tool that promotes safety for employees and customers alike.
"Helping employees stay home when they are sick is a prerequisite for our response to COVID-19," Newsom said. “This bill fills in gaps in our federal and state paid sick leave policy and gives our exceptional employees a little more security as they take the time to care for themselves and protect those around them from COVID-19. I look forward to continuing to work with lawmakers and other partners to make further progress in this area. "
Expanding access to paid sick days and protecting employees was a priority for the Newsom administration before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Newsom has taken several steps to help its frontline workers, including paid sick leave for food sector workers. Employee Compensation Benefits for Employees Receiving COVID-19 While Ordering at Home; critical childcare services for key employees and vulnerable populations; additional weekly unemployment benefit; and assisting employees with isolation and quarantine outside of their home.
The governor also took action and signed the following bills on Wednesday:
* AB 408 from Congregator Jim Frazier (D-Fairfield) – Vehicles: Disabled Veterans.
* AB 518 from Congregation member Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) – Excess property: Southern Youth Correctional Reception Center and Clinic.
* AB 736 from Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) – Employee Classification: Occupation Classification: Specified Educational Staff.
* AB 1981 by Congregation Member Adrin Nazarian (D-Van Nuys) – Los Angeles Unified School District: Best Value Procurement.
* AB 2141 from Assembly Member Devon Mathis (R-Visalia) – Motor Vehicles Department.
* AB 2234 by Congregator Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) – Classified School and Community College Staff: Staff Committee: Legal Advisers.
* AB 2300 by Congregator Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) – California Youth Football Act.
* AB 2319 from assembly member Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park) – Tow truck operator: Property liens: Exceptions.
* AB 2445 by assembly member Eloise Gómez Reyes (D-San Bernardino) – civil actions: unjustified death.
* AB 2450 from Congregation Member Tim Grayson (D-Concord) – Air Ambulance Services.
* AB 2459 from Congregation member Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals) – Alcoholic Beverage Licenses: Mariposa and Napa Counties.
* FROM 2932 by Congregation Member Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) – City of Long Beach: Design-Build Process.
* AB 3277 from Congregator Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Huntington Park) – Parking Fees: Collection.
* AB 3312 by assembly member Adam Gray (D-Merced) – Establishment of the local authority: Annexation: City of Merced.
* AB 3373 of the Committee on Income and Taxes – Basic Taxation: Boards of Appeal.
* SB 364 from Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) – Change of ownership: Non-residential solar systems: Initiative.
* SB 934 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) – Corporate Taxes: Exempt Organizations: Filing Fees.
The full text of the invoices can be found at http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov.