AMEA: Emergency Paid Sick Leave Program Extended through April 14, 2022

Dear AMEA members,

As many of you know, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) required employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.

Under the Act, the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Program (EPSL) provided paid sick leave for those unable to work due to getting the vaccine or booster, COVID-19 isolation or quarantine, caring for an individual subject to isolation or quarantine, or caring for children due to a COVID-related school closure. The federal EPSL program expired last September but the City extended the program until the end of 2021 the year.

The City has opted to extend the program a second time through April 14, 2022 to coincide with the revised California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CalOSHA) COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) that were adopted last month.

If you had to take leave this year for a qualifying reason, you should use your available EPSL time before using the accrued leave provided under your MOU with the City.

If you have any questions about your EPSL entitlement, balances, and/or usage, check with your immediate supervisor or HR for clarification

Publication Date: January 3, 2022