California: Recent COVID-19 Updates for Employers


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COVID-19 continues to be an evolving landscape of rules and requirements to adapt to the shifting circumstances surrounding the pandemic. California recently updated key guidance. 


Supplemental Paid Sick Leave. Much anticipated AB 152 was set to extend California’s supplemental paid sick leave from September 30 to December 31, 2022. Finally, on September 29, 2022, the governor signed the bill into effect. As previously reported, employers must continue to provide supplemental paid sick leave through the end of the year, with a few changes. However, no new bank of leave is required. 


Face Coverings. On September 23, 2022, California updated its mask guidelines to follow CDC Community Levels for determining when masking is appropriate. This is meant to address variances in community circumstances across the state to better align with transmission levels. 


School Teacher Testing. As of September 17, 2022, teachers and other school staff who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 no longer must be tested weekly to remain on campus. This shift is a result of the high state vaccination levels and is meant to align state and federal health guidance. 


Action Items 

  1. Have supplemental paid sick leave policies updated. 
  2. Have face covering policies updated. 
  3. Have appropriate personnel trained on the new requirements. 
  4. Subscribers can call our HR On-Call Hotline at (888) 378-2456 for further assistance. 


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