July 13, 2021

To alleviate some of the economic strain on employees unable to work due to COVID-19, some state and local authorities have implemented new paid leave requirements. Other jurisdictions have modified existing leave laws or benefit programs to accommodate employees’ needs during the pandemic. This GRIST provides brief summaries of the new state and local paid leave benefits, as well as guidance addressing how existing paid leave benefits apply during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The latest updates to this GRIST cover new mandates in Los Angeles and Marin County, CA, requiring paid leave for employees to get COVID-19 vaccines and recover from any side effects. Meanwhile, pandemic-related paid leave requirements in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, PA, expired at the end of June. In California, COVID-19 paid leave mandates have ended in Dale City, Millbrae, Sacramento city and county, San Francisco, San Mateo county, and San Jose. Statewide COVID-19 paid leave laws have expired in Colorado, Maryland and Michigan 

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Katharine Marshall
by Katharine Marshall

Principal, Mercer's Law & Policy Group

Catherine Stamm
by Catherine Stamm

Principal, Mercer’s Law & Policy Group

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