On March 27, the Los Angeles City Council approved a Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Ordinance, which would have applied to businesses with have 500 employees or more nationwide. While this was good for small businesses, there were still provisions in the Ordinance that were concerning for the business community.
On April 1, VICA sent a letter to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti requesting he return the Ordinance to the City Council with suggested changes in order to help businesses survive this crisis.
The suggested changes included:
Thanks to VICA's efforts and the efforts of the Los Angeles business coalition group, the Mayor has decided not to sign the Ordinance approved by the City Council.
Last night, Mayor Garcetti issued an Emergency Order on Paid Sick Leave, which will be effective immediately. The Emergency Order will also suspend the Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Ordinance approved by the Los Angeles City Council on March 27.
The Order would require an Employer to provide Employees classified as full-time Employees or who work at least 40 hours per week 80 hours of supplemental paid sick leave.
For an Employee who works less than 40 hours per week and is not classified as a full-time Employee, an Employer would be required to provide an Employee supplemental paid sick leave in an amount no greater than the Employee's average two week pay over the period of February 3, 2020 through March 4, 2020.
Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Emergency Order
This includes all first responders, gang and crisis intervention workers, public health workers, emergency management personnel, emergency dispatchers, law enforcement personnel, and related contractors and others working for emergency services providers.
An Employer of an Employee that provides global parcel delivery services shall be exempt from this Order.
If an Employer has a paid leave or paid time off policy that provides a minimum of 160 hours of paid leave annually, the Employer is exempt from any obligation to provide supplemental leave pursuant to the Order.
New businesses which opened in the City or businesses which relocated from outside the City on or after September 4, 2019 through March 4, 2020 are exempt from this Order. To qualify, an Employer could not have been in business in the City in the 2018 tax year. Construction businesses and film producers do not qualify for this new business exemption.
This Order does not apply to employees of government agencies working within the course and scope of their public service employment
Any business or organization that was closed or not operating for a period of 14 days or more due to a city official's emergency order, or provided at least 14 days of leave, shall be exempt from the requirements of this Order.
Click here to read the full Emergency Order on Supplemental Paid Sick Leave.