Paid sick leave: You're likely covered for COVID-related time off under new CA law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KGO) -- You're likely covered under a new paid sick leave law in California.

It provides up to two weeks of leave for pandemic-related reasons.

Workers can take time off for self-quarantine or self-isolation, to recover from symptoms of the coronavirus, get the coronavirus vaccine, or deal with side effects.

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It also includes care for a family member in self-quarantine or self-isolation, or a child whose school or place of care is closed because of COVID-19 cases.

Governor Gavin Newsom signed the bill Friday.

It is retroactive to January 1, 2020, meaning some companies will have to pay their workers for time off they have already taken.

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The rules will expire on September 30, 2021.

Employees at businesses with 25 or fewer workers are exempt.

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