SEIU Local 721 Renews Call on Los Angeles County to Provide 80 Hours of Paid Sick Leave to Full-Time Employees
After analyzing the provisions of HR 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, SEIU Local 721 has again called on the County of Los Angeles to provide an additional two weeks (80 hours) of paid sick leave to all full-time employees – and a pro-rated share to part-timers.
Under the guidelines of the Department of Labor, the sick leave would be paid at the regular rate of pay up to $511/day, or a total of $5,110 if it is used due to the employee’s own health issues related to the COVID-19 emergency. A maximum of $200/day up to $2,000 would be available to use for the care of someone else, such as a sick family member or a child who is at home due to school closure. Employees would be able to use this emergency paid sick leave before they take other benefits (regular sick leave, personal time, vacation) if they so choose.
Employers who elect to provide the emergency sick leave have until April 17 to do so. However, in light of the nature of the emergency, SEIU has called on the County to make the paid sick leave available as soon as possible.
The CEO’s office has been researching the applicability of HR 6201 to Los Angeles County and is expected to make policy decisions soon.