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Leaves and Salary Continuation Resources

Below provides a summary of the current COVID-19 related paid leave programs available to employees. Employees continuing to need time off for COVID-19 related issues, should contact their campus Human Resources Office. Employees may also be eligible to use sick leave and/or vacation balances or request an unpaid leave of absence.

Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SB 95) (available to all Faculty (Unit 3) employees only)

On March 19, 2021, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB) 95, which creates a new COVID-19 paid leave benefit for CSU employees. The new supplemental paid sick leave (SPSL) can be used for various COVID-related absences when the employee is unable to work or telework.  SB 95 provides up to 80 hours of supplemental paid sick leave for full time employees, prorated for less than full time employees and applies retroactively to January 1, 2021, and is effective through September 30, 2021. Below lists the reasons for leave usage.

Reasons for leave usage: 

  • ​Employee is subject to a quarantine or isolation period related to COVID-19 as defined by federal, state, or local orders or guidelines.
  • Employee has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19.
  • The covered employee is attending an appointment to receive a vaccine for protection against contracting COVID-19.
  • The covered employee is experiencing symptoms related to a COVID-19 vaccine that prevent the employee from being able to work or telework.
  • The covered employee is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis. ​
  • The covered employee is caring for a family member who is subject to an order or guidelines or who has been advised to self-quarantine.
  • The covered employee is caring for a child whose school or place of care is closed or otherwise unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19 on the premises.

SPSL Notice

Expanded COVID-19 Related Leave (ECRL) Effective January 1 – December 31, 2021

The paid leave provisions in ECRL comply with and enhance the requirements prescribed in SB 95.

Most employees, including exempt and non-exempt, are eligible for ECRL. Retired annuitants are ineligible as they are excluded by law from receiving any leave benefits as well as student assistants who are utilizing Federal Work Study, are prohibited from receiving paid leave (any fringe benefit) of any kind otherwise they risk losing their work study status, thus resulting in them being ineligible for ECRL.

The number of hours available for employees who work less than full-time shall be prorated according to their full-time equivalency, or the percent of the appointment (hours normally scheduled to work). There is no waiting period to become eligible for this leave, and new employees hired after the effective date are considered eligible upon hire. Personal leave credits used by employees for ECRL qualifying reasons after the effective date of this program and before the issuance of this technical letter shall have their leave restored upon written or oral request by the employee.

ECRL can be used for the following reasons when employees are unable to work on site or telework:

  • Employee is subject to a quarantine or isolation period related to COVID-19 as defined by federal, state, or local orders or guidelines.
  • Employee is advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19.
  • Employee is attending an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Employee is experiencing symptoms related to a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Employee is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis.
  • Employee is caring for a family member who is subject to a quarantine or isolation order or guideline or who has been advised to self-quarantine by a health care provider due to concerns related to COVID-19.
  • Employee is caring for a child whose school or place of care is closed or otherwise unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19 on the premises.

Paid leave up to 128 hours (16 days) has been granted effective January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021 for the following groups of employees unable to work due to COVID-19-related reasons as outlined in Senate Bill 95 (Chapter 13) which was signed by the Governor on March 19, 2021.

  • Unit 1 (UAPD)
  • Units 2,5,7,9 (CSUEU)
  • Unit 4 (APC)
  • Unit 8 (SUPA)
  • Unit 10 (IUOE)
  • Unit 11 (UAW)
  • Non-Represented (C99, E99, MPP, Executives)

Employees represented by Teamsters (Unit 6) are eligible to participate in ECRL. Under ECRL, up to 256 hours is available to eligible employees when unable to work remotely. ECRL is effective January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021.