Temporary Sick Leave Ordinance for COVID-19

On July 7, the City of Santa Rosa passed a local urgency ordinance temporarily expanding emergency paid sick leave for employees within Santa Rosa city limits. 

This ordinance expands the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which authorizes employers to provide 80 hours (pro rated for part-time employees) of paid sick leave time for COVID-19 related reasons if the employee:

  1. Is subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order
  2. Has been advised to self-quarantine by a health care provider
  3. Is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and is seeking medical diagnosis
  4. Is caring for an individual subject to an order described in (1) or (2)
  5. Is caring for a child whose school or place of care is closed due to COVID-19

Under the Federal Act, employers with less than 500 employees are required to provide this leave, and healthcare and emergency responder employers have the option to provide the leave or not. In addition, FFCRA applies a two-tiered maximum compensation rate, with a higher cap for employees caring for themselves and a lower cap for employees using the sick leave to care for someone with COVID-19.

The City ordinance, which immediately went into effect, augments FFCRA locally in the following ways:

  • Expands the Federal Act to include employees of businesses with 500 or more employees.
  • Expands the Federal Act to require inclusion of employees of healthcare providers and emergency responders.
  • Applies the highest compensation rate cap of the FFCRA for both caring for oneself and for someone else.
  • Is effective July 7 through December 31, 2020 (Federal Act applies prior to July 7).
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