If you fall victim of COVID-19, we’ve put together commonly asked questions and answers about your rights
What is my employer required to do by law in order to keep my work environment as safe as possible?
Employers are required to implement a site specific written COVID-19 Prevention Program to address COVID-19 health hazards and correct any unsafe or unhealthy conditions. Employers are also required to provide face coverings for workers.
Am I entitled to any paid sick leave from my employer?
Yes. The Healthy Workplaces Healthy Families Act of 2014 requires employers to provide paid sick leave to individuals who work in California for at least 30 days within a year of employment. Paid sick leave accrues at the rate of one hour per every 30 hours worked, paid at the employee’s regular rate of pay. Employees may use accrued paid sick days beginning on the 90th day of employment.
Can I use paid sick leave if I have symptoms of COVID-19?
Yes. Accrued paid sick leave may be used by an employee for themselves or to care for a family member who is experiencing symptoms.
Can my employer retaliate against me for disclosing that I have been diagnosed with COVID-19?
No. It is unlawful to retaliate against a worker for disclosing a positive COVID-19 test or diagnosis. (Labor Code section 6409.6)
Can my employer retaliate against me for taking paid sick leave if I am experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19?
No. It is unlawful to retaliate against a worker for taking paid sick leave. (Labor Code section 246.5)