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File #: ROGC 20-115    Version:
Type: Rules Committee Reviews, Recommendations and Approvals Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 3/19/2020 In control: Joint Meeting for the Rules and Open Government Committee and Committee of the Whole
On agenda: 3/25/2020 Final action:
Title: Paid Sick Leave Ordinance (Esparza, Carrasco, Arenas)
Attachments: 1. Memorandum, 2. Memorandum from Mayor, 3. Memorandum from City Manager, 3/23/2020, 4. Attachment A, 5. Letter of Support from Senator Beall, 6. Letter of Support from Assemblymember Chu, 7. Letter of Support from Assemblymember Kalra, 8. Letters from the Public 1 of 3, 9. Letters from the Public 2 of 3, 10. Letters from the Public 3 of 3
Paid Sick Leave Ordinance (Esparza, Carrasco, Arenas)
As referred by the Rules and Open Government on March 18, 2020:
(1) Direct City Attorney to return to the City Council on April 7th, 2020 with an ordinance and a companion urgency ordinance to allow employees in San Jose to earn paid sick time to address their personal and family health needs and prevent unnecessary death and illness during public health emergencies, including from the novel coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic, under the following conditions:
(a) An ordinance will cover all employees, as provided under Sections 2750.3 and 245.5 of the California Labor Code, who have worked at least two hours within the geographic boundaries of San Jose for an employer.
(b) Building on local ordinances including San Diego, Oakland and San Francisco, the ordinance should require employers to provide workers with one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked for an employer. Employees should be able to accrue a maximum of 80 hours of paid sick leave [or equal to two weeks’ worth of paid sick leave] and should be allowed to begin using paid sick days after no more than 90 calendar days of employment.
(c) Employees should be eligible to use paid sick days when they are ill or injured or for the purpose of receiving medical care, treatment, prevention or diagnosis, as provided under California Labor Code 233(b)(4) but also for children, parents, legal guardians, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren and relationships resulting from adoption and foster care. This should include recovery from physical or psychological injury or disability from sexual assault or domestic violence.
(d) The ordinance should integrate an enforcement mechanism, building off of the City of Oakland’s paid sick days ordinance, including protections for workers from retaliation for use of paid sick days under the ordinance.
(e) Any employer with an existing plan that provides paid sick leave equal to or greater t...

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