On March 19, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation that authorizes covered full-time employees to utilize up to 80 hours leave for COVID-related absences. Covered absences include the employee's need to self-quarantine, to attend vaccination appointments, to care for an ill family member who is subject to quarantine, and to care for a child whose place of care or school is closed for reasons related to COVID-19.
An important piece of the legislation is that it is retroactive to January 1, 2021 and the leave benefit will expire September 30, 2021. As such, any Unit 7 employee who has been forced to utilize their own personal leave time is entitled to have up to 80 hours of such leave re-credited to their balances. Employees should make requests through their chain of command and payroll departments and should contact CSLEA should there be any problems in getting leave time credited.