California Ag Groups Want Pandemic Paid Sick Leave Relief

California agriculture groups are calling for relief from the state’s paid sick leave policy.

A new law requires employers with 26 or more workers to provide up to 80 hours of additional leave if they’re exposed to COVID or have to care for a family member. A coalition calls the new law “extreme” and says it will hurt agriculture and rural communities who cannot afford it. The group is pressing for a payroll credit and reimbursements similar to previous federal provisions. The coverage period expires at the end of September.


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