In accordance with HR 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, beginning on April 1, the County of Los Angeles will make available 80 hours of Emergency Paid Sick Leave – and a pro-rated share for part-timers – to be used by employees with symptoms or health issues that call for self-isolation during the COVID-19 emergency. Employees will be able to use this emergency paid sick leave before they take other benefits (regular sick leave, personal time, vacation), if they so choose.
The Emergency Paid Sick Leave may also be used for the care of a sick family member who has been advised to self-isolate, or to care for a child whose school or place of care has closed. In such cases, the sick pay will be at 2/3 the employee’s regular rate of pay.
Also in accordance with HR 6201, the County will be make available to employees up to 12 weeks of FMLA Emergency Leave at 2/3 regular rate of pay, for the care of children at home due to the COVID-19 emergency.
Early next week the County will issue specific guidelines on Emergency Paid Sick Leave and FMLA Emergency Leave. Once such guidelines have been issued, SEIU Local 721 will be prepared to answer all member questions.