On April 7, 2020, San Francisco, California and San Jose, California passed emergency ordinances to expand paid sick leave and emergency family medical leave benefits. The ordinances cover gaps under federal law by expanding leave benefits under the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the Act), which is limited to employers with fewer than 500 employees, to employers with more than 500 employees. Under the ordinances, employers must provide to each employee paid sick time to the extent that the employee is unable to work or telework because:
- The employee is subject to quarantine or isolation by federal, state, or local order due to COVID-19, or is caring for someone who is quarantined or isolated due to COVID-19.
- The employee is advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to COVID-19 or is caring for someone who is so advised by a health care provider.
- The employee is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and is seeking medical diagnosis.
- The employee is caring for a minor child because a school or daycare is closed due to COVID-19.