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California Omits Paid Sick Leave From Covid Worker Safety Rule

Nov. 17, 2022, 10:11 PM

California’s workplace safety agency declined to include a provision in the state’s permanent Covid-19 worker protection rule requiring employers to pay workers who take virus-related time off.

There isn’t time to revise the rule and allow for additional public comments if the rule is to be finalized before Jan. 1, Eric Berg, deputy chief for standards at the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, said Thursday. The current temporary rule expires at the end of the year.

The rule will cover most California workers except for health-care employees, who are protected by a separate regulation.

Berg spoke at a ...