SEIU 1021

Know Your Rights

State Senator Nancy Skinner stands in front of Oakland's Fairyland.

 Covered Workers Are Now Eligible For Up to 80 Hours of NEW COVID-19 Leave

State Bill 95 was recently signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom. Under this law, covered workers are entitled to up to 80 hours of COVID-19 sick leave from January 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021. This leave must be granted immediately upon request. Retaliation and discrimination are strictly prohibited.
Leave can be taken if any of the following reasons prevent you from working (in person, or teleworking):

  • Caring for Yourself, when in quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19
  • Caring for a Family Member, when they are in quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19, or when caring for a child whose school or place of care is closed or otherwise unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19 on the premises
  • Vaccine Related, when getting a vaccine appointment or unable to work because of symptoms related to the vaccine

Full-time employees are eligible for 80 hours of leave.

Regular part-timers are eligible for their regular number of scheduled hours for a two-week period.
Part-timers without regular schedules are eligible for the average number of hours worked per day over the past 6 months times 14.

If you used leave for the reasons above between January 1, 2021 and March 29, 2021, and were not paid according to this law, you can request retroactive payment.

If you have any difficulty using this leave, please contact your SEIU 1021 field representative: