On March 19, Governor Newson signed SB 95 into effect, applicable to employers with 25 or more employees. This bill is retroactive to January 1, 2021. 

Employees are eligible for additional company-paid time off if they need to take time off for the following reasons:

  • Employee is subject to a quarantine or isolation period related to COVID-19 as defined by the state, the CDC, or local public health authorities
  • Employee is advised by a physician or other health care provider to quarantine or isolate due to a COVID-19 related concern
  • Employee is attending an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine
  • Employee is experiencing symptoms from the COVID-19 vaccine that prevents them from working
  • Employee is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and is seeking a diagnosis
  • Employee is caring for a family member who is subject to a quarantine or isolation period or if the family member has been advised to self-quarantine. Family member is defined to include a child, grandchild, grandparent, parent, sibling, or spouse.
  • Employee is caring for a child whose regular school or childcare provider is closed for reasons related to COVID-19

Full-time employees are eligible for 80 hours of paid time off. Part-time employees are eligible to receive the number of hours they are regularly scheduled to work in a two-week period. For example, a part-time employee who regularly works 24 hours per week will be eligible for 48 hours of additional paid time off. A part-time employee who regularly works 15 hours per week will be eligible for 30 hours of additional paid time off. 

SB 95 is an entirely new bank of time separate from any COVID-19 related time taken in 2020. SB 95 balances must be listed on employee wage statements. 

The required poster can be found here, which includes instructions for employees to request SB 95 pay for eligible time off taken from January 1 – present. 

Your consulting team is here to help guide you, answer questions, and provide resources for this process.